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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the tribe Plantagineae — including the common weed plantain.


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  • Threatened species, or those at the limit of their biogeographic range include Stephanomeria runcinata, Atriplex powellii, Orobanche ludoviciana, A. suckleyi, Oryzopsis micrantha, Lupinus pusillus, Plantago elongata, Muhlenbergia racemosa, Erigonium cernuum and Antennaria dimorpha.

    Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada

  • One of the most common winter annuals is desert plantain (Plantago insularis).

    Adaptations of desert plants

  • Particularly rare and threatened plants include Convolvulus persica, Ephedra distachya, Merendera sobolifera, Plantago coronopus and Petunia parviflora.

    Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Romania

  • On rocky and gravelly beaches there are gravel sedge Carex glareosa, sea plantain Plantago maritima, Greenland scurvygrass Cochlearia groenlandica and low stitchwort Stellaria humifusa.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • Other important components of this association are Limonium globuliferum, Juncus maritimus, Plantago crassifolia, Salicornia europaea, and Halocnemum strobilaceum.

    Central Anatolian steppe

  • This is modified by the prevailing high humidity, giving peaty soils and a wide distribution of oceanic plants such as liverwort Frullania teneriffae, by the effect of salt spray even hundreds of meters inland, resulting in Plantago-dominated swards on cliff tops, and by the fertilizing effects of vast numbers of nesting seabirds which create a rich turf.

    St Kilda (Hirta) National Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

  • Salt tolerant plants such as sea pink Armaria maritime, sea campion Silene uniflora and sea plantain Plantago maritimus, Asplenium marinum and Grimmia maritima occur even inland.

    St Kilda (Hirta) National Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

  • Rare and endangered species found in this ecoregion include California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), hoary elfin butterfly (Incisalia polios obscurus), North Pacific plantain (Plantago macrocarpa), and possibly the Pacific fisher (Martes pennanti).

    Central Pacific coastal forests

  • Both endemic species and genera are found and these include Spartocytisus supranubius, Erysimum scoparium, Nepeta teydea, Plantago webbii, Senecio palmensis, Juniperus cedrus, Polycarpaea tenuis, and Echium sp.

    Canary Islands dry woodlands and forests

  • Large cushions are formed by Distichia muscoides, Oxychloe andina and Plantago rigida.

    Central Andean dry puna


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