Plantago media, SE: Rödkämpar, DE: Mittlerer Wegerich,
NL: Ruige weegbree, UK: Hoary plantain

Scientific name:  Plantago media L.
Swedish name:  Rödkämpar
German name:  Mittlerer Wegerich
Nederlandse naam:  Ruige weegbree
English name:  Hoary plantain
Plant Family:   Plantaginaceae, Plantain family, Grobladsväxter

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Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  Erect, leafless, unbranched, flowering stems (scapes); short and densely haired scape especially at top, and terminate in a cluster of small, inconspicuous flowers
Leaves:  Basal rosette, broad, oval leaves narrowing to a short stalk
Flowers:  Spiciform, cylindrical, 2-9cm in lenght; corolla pink, white with ovoid pointed lobes, hermaphrodite
Flowering Period:  May, June, July
Fruits:  Cylindrical fruit capsules about 0.6mm long and split across the lower half into 2 unequal cells containing 4 to 10 dull black seeds. Seeds are larger and smoother than those of broadleaf plantain and have a scar near the center on one side
Habitat:  Throughout the country, most common in limestone areas; it grows in open fields and meadows

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Plantago, plantagin (stem), a "plantain".
media, in the middle, between; intermediate.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.