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infestation (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
large infestation in a grassland (Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, USGS)
habit in flower (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit in fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
basal rosette of leaves with five prominent veins running lengthwise (Photo: Jackie Miles)
close-up of young flower cluster (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
finely ridged flowering stem and immature fruit with persistent old papery petals (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
mature fruit in elongated cluster (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of mature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of seeds (Photo: Steve Hurst at USDA PLANTS Database)
seedling (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Plantago lanceolata L.
Plantago lanceolata L. var. dubia (L.) Wahl.Plantago lanceolata L. var. lanceolata
black jack, black plantain, buckhorn, buckhorn plantain, buckhorn ribgrass, common plantain, English plantain, German psyllium, hen plant, jackstraw, lamb's tongue, lamb's tongues, lance leaf plantain, lance leaved plantain, long plantain, narrow leaf ribwort, narrow leaved plantain, narrowleaf plantain, narrow-leaved plantain, plantain, rat tail, rat-tail plantain, rib grass, rib-grass, ribgrass, ribwort, ribwort plantain, ripple grass, small plantain, snake plantain, wild sago
Native to northern Africa (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), the Azores, the Canary Islands, Europe, western and central Asia and the Indian Sub-continent (i.e. northern India, Nepal and Pakistan).
Widely naturalised in southern and eastern Australia (i.e. in eastern Queensland, southern and eastern New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, many parts of South Australia and south-western Western Australia). Also naturalsied in some parts of the Northern Territory, and on Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.
Widely naturalised overseas in tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, eastern Asia (i.e. China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan), New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, South America and several Pacific islands (e.g. French Polynesia, Niue, Tonga, New Caledonia and Hawaii).
Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata) is regarded as an environmental weed in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.