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This species is accepted, and its native range is Canary Islands, Mauritania, Medit. to Iran, NE. Tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FIQ]

Ghazanfar, S. A. & Edmondson, J. R (Eds). (2014) Flora of Iraq, Volume 5 Part 2: Lythraceae to Campanulaceae.

Morphology General Habit
Annual, acaulous or short-stemmed, (5–)10–20(–30) cm tall, silky villous or more often lanate
Morphology Leaves
Leaves narrowly lanceolate to linear-spatulate, 2–8(–12) × (0.1–)0.3–0.7(–1) cm, base cuneate, acute, margins entire, villous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle (3–)5–10(–16) cm, usually longer than leaves, or equal to them
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spike oblong-cylindrical or cylindrical, (0.5–)4–8(–14) cm long; bracts broadly ovate to ovate, 1–3 × 1–2 mm, glabrous or pilose or sparsely long-ciliate on the herbaceous midrib and base, long-ciliate on margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Anterior sepals oblong-ovate, 2–3 mm, with lateral lamina at one side wide, usually glabrous, short-ciliate, the other side narrow, usually long-pilose and long-ciliate; posterior sepals elliptic with narrow midrib, the two lateral laminae equal, glabrous or pilose on midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla glabrous, rarely the lobes pilose (with few hairs), lobes ovate-elliptic, acute, 1–2 × 0.8–1 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2-locular, each locule 1-seeded.
Ecology
Sandy soil in desert, plains, on dunes and low hills and on compact soil in open wadis, on sandy gravel hillsides and on barren conglomerate hills; alt. 50–500 m
Phenology
Flowering and fruiting: Feb.-May.
Distribution
Frequent in Desert Plateau Region, less so in the Lower Mesopotamian Region. Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iraq and Iran.
Note
In the original manuscript P. boissieri Hausskn. & Bornmuller var. tenera Pilger was separated on its bracts being pilose in the upper part and in var. boissieri being glabrous to short pilose. The differences in indumentum are slight and it is difficult to distinguish the two varieties on that basis. P. albicans is recorded to be abundant and frequent in the Desert Plateau Region especially in the Southern Desert District; rarer in the Lower Mesopotamian Region.

Native to:

Algeria, Baleares, Canary Is., Cyprus, East Aegean Is., Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Gulf States, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kriti, Kuwait, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Portugal, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, Somalia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen

Plantago albicans L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1975 Boissier [s.n.], Spain K000779591 isotype
Boissier, P.E. [s.n.], Spain K000779590
Jan 1, 1975 Bornmüller, J. [577], Iran Plantago boissieri K000779634 isotype

First published in Sp. Pl.: 114 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Authier, P. & Covillot, J. (2011). Catalogue actualisé des plantes de l'île de Rhodes (Grèce) Saussurea; Travaux de la Société Botanique de Genève 41: 131-170.
  • Boulos, L. (2002). Flora of Egypt 3: 1-373. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Danin, A. & Fragman- Sapir, O. (2019). Flora of Israel Online http://flora.org.il/en/plants/.
  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1982). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 7: 1-947. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2013). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 5: 1-451. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. & Edmondson, J.R. (eds.) (2013). Flora of Iraq 5(2): 1-349. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2015). Flora of Oman 3: 1-386. National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Meikle, R.D. (1985). Flora of Cyprus 2: 833-1970. The Bentham-Moxon Trust Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Musselman, L.J. (2011). Checklist of Plants of Lebanon and Syria http://ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/plant/lebsyria/Checklist%20of%20Lebanon%20Plants.pdf.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1976). Flora Europaea 4: 1-505. Cambridge University Press.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Iraq

  • Blakelock in Kew Bull. 3: 441 (1950);
  • Boulos, Fl. Egypt 3: 119 (2002).
  • Dep. Agr. Iraq Bull. 31: 136 (1950);
  • Ic: Bonnier, Fl. Compl. Fr., Suisse et Belg. 9: t.500 f. 2295 (1927);
  • Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 114 (1753);
  • Pilger in Engl. Pflanzenr. 102 (IV.269): t. 34 f. 1–7 (1937);
  • Zohary in Pal. J. Bot. J. Ser. 1: 226 (1938)
  • Zohary pl. 378 (1977);
  • Zohary, Fl. Palaest. 3: 222 (1978)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Authier, P. & Covillot, J. (2011). Catalogue actualisé des plantes de l'île de Rhodes (Grèce) Saussurea; Travaux de la Société Botanique de Genève 41: 131-170.
  • Boulos, L. (2002). Flora of Egypt 3: 1-373. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Danin, A. & Fragman- Sapir, O. (2019). Flora of Israel Online http://flora.org.il/en/plants/.
  • Daoud, H.S. in Al-Rawi, A. (1985). Flora of Kuwait 1: 1-224. Alden Press Ltd., U.K.
  • Davis, P.H. (ed.) (1982). Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands 7: 1-947. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2013). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 5: 1-451. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. & Edmondson, J.R. (eds.) (2013). Flora of Iraq 5(2): 1-349. Ministry of Agriculture & Agrarian Reform, Baghdad.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Llewellyn, O.A., Hall, M., Miller, A.G., Al-Abbasi, T.M., Al-Wetaid, A.H., Al-Harbi, R.J. & Al-Shammari, K.F. (2011). Important plant areas in the Arabian peninsula: 4. Jabal Aja Edinburgh Journal of Botany 68: 199-224.
  • Meikle, R.D. (1985). Flora of Cyprus 2: 833-1970. The Bentham-Moxon Trust Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Musselman, L.J. (2011). Checklist of Plants of Lebanon and Syria http://ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/plant/lebsyria/Checklist%20of%20Lebanon%20Plants.pdf.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1976). Flora Europaea 4: 1-505. Cambridge University Press.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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