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Plantago sparsiflora Michaux. Pineland Plantain. Phen: Apr-Oct. Hab: Wet pine savannas over calcareous substrates (coquina limestone), now usually found in moister human-created microhabitats adjacent to these sites, such as fire-plow lines, shallow ditches along roadsides, or mowed powerline rights-of-way. Dist: Se. NC south to ne. FL, restricted to the Coastal Plain (reports of this species for VA are in error).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: Harper (1944), with his usual keen understanding of the ecology of southeastern plants, provided the most succinct and accurate description of the habitat of this plant: "flattish pine-barrens where there is evidently some calcareous material not far from the surface".

Synonymy: = Fl6, FNA17, GW2, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, WH3, Bassett (1967), Rosatti (1984)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷


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