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narrowleaf plantain

Plantago lanceolata


Small yellowish flowers in a spike on top of a 80 cm long erect stalk,which is grooved and twisted. At the base, a rosette of narrow leaves of different lengths, the longest about 60 cm long.


Edge of an oak forest, in the shade.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jopy 5 years ago
English plantain
Plantago lanceolata Flora Croatica Database : 7554

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Jopy 5 years ago

You're welcome! I think the white ribbon-like thing are pistils, after the petals fall down, leave these structures... :)

EmilieChich 5 years ago

Thank you Jopy. Of course, this plant is common over here, too, but I've never seen this form, with the long white "tongues" protruding from the flowers. I always see the brown spikes with a crown of cream colored stamens around it. Do you know what these white ribbon-like things are? Pistils? I admit I feel a little stupid here. Thanks again for helping me out.

Jopy 5 years ago

Hello, Emilie! I put the link in Croatian 'cause there are more different pictures of this plant, this plant is widely known as medicinal plant in my country :)

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Île-de-France, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jun 10, 2015
Submitted on Jun 11, 2015

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