Plantago australis

Common Name:

Greater Plantain

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory (DKNPST) also naturalised SA, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Moist, disturbed sites 1

Flower Description:

Petals are tubular and are white, green or purplish 1


Short-lived perennial with rosetted leaves 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Leaves are in a basal rosette, flowers self-pollinate and do not open fully and leaves are elliptic to 30 cm long and 5 cm wide. The flower spike is 10-40 cm long and lower flowers are less crowded than those at the tip 1


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1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria