Plantago gaudichaudii Barnéoud

Narrow Plantain

Monogr. Plantag. 15 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with an often stout taproot and adventitious roots, sometimes extensively colony-forming. Leaves rosetted, linear to linear-elliptic, mostly 7–20 cm long and 2–14 mm wide, acute, glabrous or pilose (often more densely on margins below teeth), 3-veined, entire or with several distant obtuse teeth; petiole indistinct. Spike cylindric, mostly 4–12 cm long, congested, elongating and more open in fruit; peduncles 5–30 cm long, pubescent; bracts ovate, 1.5–4.5 mm long, acute, keel pilose, margins ciliate. Sepals elliptic, usually 2.8–3.5 mm long, subequal; corolla-tube 2–4 mm long, lobes 1.4–2.5 mm long, spreading or reflexed; anthers 1.5–2.5 mm long, exserted. Capsule ellipsoid, mostly 2.8–3.5 mm long, style-base persistent; seeds 1–5, light brown, lower 4 seeds compressed-ellipsoid, c. 2 mm long, apical seed smaller, irregular. Flowers Sep.–Apr.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread mostly in inland parts of western and northern Victoria where often found on heavier clay soils.

Colonial plants usually connected by deep (often > 20 cm below surface), branching rhizomes. See note under Plantago varia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Plantaginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-04
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Plantago
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Plantago gaudichaudii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plantago gaudichaudii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory