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  1. Family: Plantaginaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Plantago L.
      1. Plantago africana Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Plantaginaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Perennial herb with stout probably horizontal rhizome at least 4.5 cm. long, 1-1.5 cm. thick.
    Leaves
    Leaves borne in a rosette, spirally arranged; blade elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 5-13 cm. long, 2.8-7 cm. wide, obtuse at the apex, gradually narrowed at the base into the petiole, ± entire or with several remote lobules on the margin, glabrescent above, pilose with crisped hairs beneath particularly on the 5-7 nerves; petiole distinct from the blade, 2-14 cm. long, usually pilose, dilated at the base, with or without cottony hairs.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences spicate, the spikes dense, 3-8 cm. long; peduncles 9-26 cm. long, densely to sparsely pilose; bracts elliptic, 2.2-3.5 mm. long, 1.2-2 mm. wide, keeled.
    Calyx
    Sepals elliptic, 2.5-3 mm. long, 1.8-2.2 mm. wide, keeled.
    Corolla
    Corolla whitish or brownish, 3 mm. long; lobes rounded-ovate, 0.7-1 mm. long, 0.6-0.7 mm. wide.
    Fruits
    Capsule narrowly ovoid, 5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, 4-6-seeded.
    Seeds
    Immature seeds pale, semi-ellipsoid, 2.2 mm. long, 1.3 mm. wide, flattened on hilar side.
    Figures
    Fig. 1/3, 4, p. 3.
    Habitat
    Open glades and river-banks in upland evergreen forest; 1920-2550 m.
    Distribution
    K5 K6

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya

    Other Data

    Plantago africana Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 1968 Maas [5778], Kenya K000243794 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 23: 507 (1969)

    Accepted by

    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1971). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Plantaginaceae: 1-7.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 23: 507, fig. 1 (1969).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0