PLANTAGINACEAE - Plantago Family


Leaves in a basal rosette, simple, sheathing at base, parallel veins are more prominent so leaves superficially resemble monocot leaves

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, reduced

3 genera, 254 species

Economic importance: weeds, source of dietary fiber

Diagnostic characteristics: leaves in a basal rosette, major veins parallel, reduced flowers with CA, CO, and A in fours. Plantaginaceae are sometimes mistaken for monocots because of leaf shape and venation