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Greater Plantain (Plantago major)

Observed: 3rd August 2013 By: hbrook1hbrook1’s reputation in Plantshbrook1’s reputation in Plantshbrook1’s reputation in Plants
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Species with which Greater Plantain (Plantago major) interacts

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Rachy Ramone's picture

Differences...

include:

Hoary plantain (P. media) has leaves "mostly in a flat rosette on the ground" - which is not terribly helpful - but also each leaf has a short stalk.

P.major has leaf stalks "as long as leaves".

P. media, and I didn't know this until I looked it up, is the only insect-pollinated Plantain, so the flowers are scented. Ribwort and Hoary are wind-pollinated, so there is no need for their flowers to have any scent.

Fascinating stuff, eh?!

Rachy Ramone

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ophrys's picture

Hoary

Basically, Hoary Plantain is a much more delicate plant, with a slight white hoar over the smaller, neatly-rosetted leaves and with shorter, whitey-pink, attractive flowerheads.

In other words, Hoary is rather attractive, while Greater is an ugly brute.

Ian
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