Plantago aristata Michx.
Common Name: BRACTED PLANTAIN, BUCKTHORN
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad A-Forb

Sandy fields, hillsides, and dunes; disturbed ground including railroads, roadsides, and gravel pits. Though sometimes occurring in dry prairie remnants, perhaps not native quite as far east as Michigan; the first Michigan collections are from 1885 (Ingham Co.), 1892 (St. Clair Co.), and 1896 (Kent Co.).

Very depauperate plants with shorter bracts than usual may be confused with P. patagonica and P. virginica, but the bracts are still more prolonged and the pubescence is not densely silky (unlike P. patagonica); the corolla lobes are spreading (unlike P. virginica).

Locations

Allegan County
Barry County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Cheboygan County
Clinton County
Eaton County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Saginaw County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1963.