- Plantago lanceolata
name = Ribwort Plantain
image_width = 250px
divisio = Magnoliophyta
genus = "
species = "P. lanceolata"
binomial = "Plantago lanceolata"
binomial_authority = L.
Ribwort Plantain ("Plantago lanceolata"), also called English Plantain, is a
plantof genus " Plantago". It is a common weedof cultivated land.
The plant is a rosette-forming perennial herb, with leafless, silky, hairy
flowerstems (10-40cm). The basal leaves are lanceolatespreading or erect, scarcely-toothed with 3-5 strong parallel veins narrowed to short petiole. Grouping leaf stalk deeply furrowed, oblong grouping of many small flowers each with a pointed bract. Flowers 4 mm (calyx green, corolla brownish), 4 bent back lobes with brown midribs, long white stamens. Found in British Isles, scarce on acidic soils (pH < 4.5). An invasive weed in North America.
Considered to be an indicator of agriculture in
pollendiagrams, "P. lanceolata" has been found in western Norwayfrom the Early Neolithiconwards. Something that is considered to be an indicator of grazing in that area. [Hjelle, K.L., Hufthammer, A.K., and Bergsvik, K.A. 2006. Hesitant hunters: a review of the introduction of agriculture in western Norway. "Environmental Archaeology" 11 (2): 147-170]
Plantago lanceolata is used frequently in
tisanes and other herbal remedies. It is also used in many beverages (eg Bio Alp Tea by Val plantes) [ [http://www.valplantes.ch/definition.html Val plantes herbal ice tea] ] and even tarts [ [http://www.farmersalmanac.com/newsletters/archival/FATV_JUN_Newsletter.pdf Plantain tarts] ]
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