Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
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Read more about Heartleaf Plantain at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 172-01-001:
Plantago cordata FAMILY Plantaginaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Heartleaf Plantain, King-root
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Summer and winter leaves dimorphic, spring leaves showing a gradual transition between the two, per Weakley's Flora (2022).
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Leaf venation pinnate, some major veins departing midvein well above leaf base, per Weakley's Flora (2022).
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Characteristically, P. cordata is a very robust plant, per Weakley's Flora (2022).
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Spikes on scapes from plant base, the inflorescences often 1 meter in height, per Weakley's Flora (2022).
COMPARE Mousetail and Plantain
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Emergent aquatic or semi-aquatic (rooted); Forb
Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Very scattered and rare in every state in which it occurs, except MO
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4 well exserted stamens
Capsule dehiscing circumscissily
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