Common name: Plantago patagonica
Latin name: Plantago patagonica
Height: < 7 inches
Description: Plantago patagonica is a densely hairy annual herb with many stemlike inflorescences growing erect to a maximum height around 18 centimeters. Atop the stem of the inflorescence is a dense cylindrical or somewhat conical spike of several tiny flowers and bracts. The spike is very woolly.
Leaf: The basal leaves are linear or very narrowly lance-shaped.
Range: Mojave Desert, San Bernardino Mountains, San Jacinto Mountains
Habitat: Sandy, rocky or grassy slopes, pinyon/juniper or Joshua-tree woodland, chaparral
Elevation: 500–2200 m.
Flowering time: Apr–Jun
Notes: Plantago patagonica, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond. This photo was taken on May 20, 2006 in the San Bernardino Mountains.
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