Name: Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Other names: ribwort plantain, narrowleaf plantain, English plantain, ribleaf, and lamb's tongue
Higher classification: Plantago
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (Population Decreasing)
Description: It is a common weed of cultivated land. The plant is a rosette-forming perennial herb, with leafless, silky, hairy flower stems (10–40 cm or 3.9–15.7 in). The basal leaves are lanceolate spreading or erect, scarcely toothed with 3-5 strong parallel veins narrowed to a short petiole. The flower stalk is deeply furrowed, ending in an ovoid inflorescence of many small flowers each with a pointed bract.
Distribution: Plantago lanceolata is native to Eurasia, but has been introduced to North America and many other parts of the world with suitable habitats.
Fun fact: Plantago lanceolata is used frequently in herbal teas and other herbal remedies. A tea from the leaves is used as a highly effective cough medicine.
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