desert Indianwheat, more...
[Plantago brunnea Morris, more]
Plant: Annual herb; to 38 cm tall Leaves: usually without distinct petiole; blades linear to linear-lanceolate, 1.5-15 cm long, 0.2-0.9 cm wide, attenuate at base, acute at apex, sparsely to densely villous, obscurely three-veined, the margins entire INFLORESCENCE: pedunculate, scapose; PEDUNCLES 1.5-29 cm long, villous, with hairs spreading at right angles from stem. SPIKES 0.5-5.5 cm long; bracts broadly ovate, 1.6-3 mm long, broadly scarious-margined to apex, with tufts of white hairs in axils; midvein villous Flowers: perfect; sepals ovate to obovate, 2.4-3 mm long, broadly scarious-margined; midvein densely villous, more so than bracts; corolla lobes spreading or reflexed, broadly ovate, 1.8-2.4 mm long; stamens 4 Fruit: capsules, breaking at or slightly below midd; SEEDS 2, ellipsoid, ca 2.3 mm long, ca 1.1 wide, reddish-brown to black, the inner surface deeply concave, the outer surface shiny Misc: Deserts and desert grasslands; 50-2100 m (200-6700 ft.); Mar to May References: Huisinga, Kristin D. and Tina J. Ayers. 1999. Plantaginaceae. Ariz. – Nev. Acad. Sci. 32(1).