Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3750

Emergent aquatic or semi-aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Very scattered and rare in every state in which it occurs, except MO

Look for it to be aquatic or semi-aquatic in streambeds with outcrops of slate, aquatic in tidal estuaries, per Weakley's Flora

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Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Spring
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed corolla
4 well exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule dehiscing circumscissily

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Plantago cordata   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Plantago cordata   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 172-01-001:
Plantago cordata   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Heartleaf Plantain, King-root


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image of Plantago cordata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_plco2_001_lvd

        

image of Plantago cordata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_plco2_004_lvd

        

image of Plantago cordata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_cordata_heartlf

April        

Glabrous leaves with ovate blades to 30x20cm, on ascending petioles, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Plantago cordata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_cordata_heartlfb

April        

Leaf venation pinnate, some major veins departing midvein well above leaf base, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Plantago cordata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_plantago_cordata

April        

Characteristically, P. cordata is a very robust plant, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Plantago cordata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_plantago_cordata_2b

April        

image of Plantago cordata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_plantago_cordata_3

April        

Spikes on scapes from plant base, the inflorescences often 1 meter in height, per Weakley's Flora.