Flowers and fruiting bodies. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Sago Weed, Clay Plantain




Annual forb to 20cm tall.  Leaves in a basal rosette, 2-15cm long, 2-25mm wide, flat, hairy, margins entire, toothed, or lobed.  Flowers small (less than 3mm across), tubular, with 4 tiny white 'petals', in  cylindrical spikes on stalks arising from the base of the plant.

Differs from Plantago drummondiiPlantago turrifera, and Plantago varia and  in that the 'seeds' are 2.5-3 (rarely 3.5) mm long, and are pear shaped with a distinct beak. Needs at least a hand lens to see.

Description and photo (page 617) and line drawing of 'seeds' (Fig. 62b) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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