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English Plantain - Plantago lanceolata
Other Names:  Buckhorn Plantain, Narrowleaf Plantain, Ribwort Plantain

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial. Herbage glabrous to villous; caudex sparingly brown-wooly. Leaf blades narrowly lanceolate, 2–15 cm long. Inflorescence: scape 10–60 cm; spikes congested, 5–50 mm long, conical, becoming cylindric; bracts 1.5–2.5 mm long, glabrous, acute to acuminate. Flowers: sepals apically ciliate, the outer 2 united; corolla lobes 1.5–2.5 mm long. Capsule 2–3 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Cosmopolitan; introduced from Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 40

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Roadsides, trails, streambanks, disturbed grasslands, around buildings, lawns; plains, 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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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.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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