Taxon  Report   6622    
Plantago ovata  Forssk.
Desert indianwheat,  Desert plantain, Woolly plantain
Plantago ovata
© 2004 James M. Andre
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Plantago ovata
© 2004 James M. Andre
Plantago ovata
© 2009 Robert Steers
Plantago ovata, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Plantago ovata
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Genus: Plantago
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Coastal Strand, Coastal Sage Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Plantago brunnea
PLANTS: Plantago fastigiata
PLANTS: Plantago gooddingii
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More information about  Plantago ovata
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).