Annual or perennial forb to 20cm tall. Leaves basal, mostly 3-15cm long, 8-40mm wide, margins toothed or almost entire, with short pale brown hairs at the bases of the leaves. Flowers small (less than 3mm across), tubular, with 4 tiny brown 'petals', in cylindrical spikes on stalks arising from the base of the plant.
Short description including other differences from Plantago varia in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 618