Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Wright's Plantain - Plantago wrightiana   Decaisne
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DistributionFound in the Coastal Plain (mostly southern), Sandhills, and southeastern Piedmont.

Native of southwestern U.S. and Mexico, the original boundaries now obscure.
AbundanceFairly common in the southern Coastal Plain, uncommon in the Sandhills and in the northern Coastal Plain, and rare in the Piedmont.
HabitatDry to xeric sandy soil of roadsides, railroads, gravel driveways, fallow fields, granite flatrock (Anson Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late April-July.
IdentificationWright's Plantain has broadly linear and mostly erect-ascending leaves up to 9 inches long, and scapes up to 15 inches tall, although most plants are shorter. The inflorescence is pale grayish green and less than 4 inches long. P. patagonica has a similar gestalt, but its leaves are covered with white hairs.
Taxonomic CommentsA synonym is P. hookeriana var. nuda.

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B.A. SorrieGravel driveway, Whispering Pines, 30 April 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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