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Plantago lanceolata  L.
English plantain,   Narrow leaved plantain,   Ribgrass,   Ribwort
Plantago lanceolata is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: limited
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Genus: Plantago
Family: Plantaginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: wetland-riparian, weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSPlantago altissima
PLANTSPlantago lanceolata var. sphaerostachya
Information about  Plantago lanceolata from other sources

[Wikipedia] Eurasia native: Plantago lanceolata is native to Eurasia, but has been introduced to North America and many other parts of the world with suitable habitats. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Cal-IPC] Noxious weed: Plantago lanceolata (buckhorn plantain, English plantain) is a perennial forb/herb (family Plantaginaceae) found widespread throughout California. This plant tolerates sand, clay and serpentine soils and thrives in disturbed areas. It is also a common lawn weed. It is considered a noxious weed to both livestock and native plants. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/13/2024).