West Highland Flora

Ratstail Plantain


Plantago major

 

Plantago major

Photo Carl Farmer
30 Sep 2001 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common on bare ground including cracks in paving, edges of buildings, one of the plants most tolerant of totally artificial environments, survives trampling.  Also sometimes in natural grassland.

Individual flower diameter c 3 mm.

ID: Leaves broad, as in pictures.  Other plantains have much narrower leaves (apart from the rare Hoary Plantain which may or may not still occur in the are and can be told by its striking pink flowers)

Other features: Normally has a long flower spike.  The other common inland plantain, Ribwort, has long narrow leaves but a short flower-spike.  Stunted specimens of Ratstail P can also have a short flower-spike, but always have broad leaves.

 

Plantago major

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Sep 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

  Plantago major

Photo Carl Farmer
18 Aug 2002 Torvaig, Skye
 

Small prostrate plant on shingle beach    


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