Palm-leaved Plantain

Plantago palmata (?)

Palm-leaved Plantain, Plantago palmata, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along a trail in Kakamega Forest, Kenya. October 2016.

FLOWERS: Very small flowers are grouped into a tall slender stem. The small, white petals are obscure, but the papery sepals enlarge after flowering.

PERENNIAL: A long-lived herbaceous perennial survives between seasons by becoming partially dormant.

LEAVES: Leaves are clustered at ground level and are broadly ovate. The margins are shallowly lobes.

RANGE: Orinally this plant is from the temperate areas of Europe and Asia, but has since been dispersed to garden and farm areas worldwide. It is possible that European colonists brought this weed into the Kenyan together with transplanted crop plants.

FRUIT: Dry oval capsule splits open at maturity releasing two small seeds each.

UNARMED. No thorns.

Plantaginaceae -- Plantain Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 20 March 2017