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Plantain (Plantago)

Plantago major
Plantago major
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Plantain is an annual (but can also be perennial) weed of the genus Plantago . Plantain is widely distributed and is often found in lawns. Plantain pollen is very often a potent hay fever irritant. P. psyllium , commonly known as fleawort, is cultivated in Spain and France for its sticky, mucilaginous seed coats, which are then used as a laxative. This type of plantain is not to be confused with the tropical plant, related to the banana, which is cultivated for its starch-rich fruit and is also called plantain. [ 1 ]

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[1] The Encyclopaedia Britannica Online : http://www.britannica.com
[2] Solomon, A.M., King, J.E., Martin, P.S. and Thomas, J., 1973. "Further scanning electron photomicrographs of southwestern pollen grains."
    Journal Arizona Academy of Sciences 8 ( 3 ): 135 - 157. Palynology Department, University of Arizona : http://geo.arizona.edu/palynology
 

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