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Mexican Plantain - Plantago hirtella
Other Names:  Plantago australis ssp. Hirtella

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNRTNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial. Herbage succulent, glabrous to villous; sparingly brown-wooly on the caudex. Leaf blades oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 5–20 cm long. Inflorescence: scape 5–40 cm; spikes congested to somewhat sparse, 5–25 cm long, narrowly cylindric; bracts ca. 3 mm long. Flowers: sepals glabrous; corolla lobes 2–3 mm long. Capsule 2–5 mm long, covered by the persistent, erect corolla lobes (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Coastal WA south to S. America; collected once in Ravalli County, where it was probably introduced (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2

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Moist saline soil around springs, wetlands; valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus pensylvanicus (Colla and Dumesh 2010).


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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