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Plantago ovata Forssk.
desert Indianwheat

General Information
Symbol: PLOV
Group: Dicot
Family: Plantaginaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

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Symbol Scientific Name
PLBR2 Plantago brunnea Morris
PLFA Plantago fastigiata Morris
PLGO Plantago gooddingii A. Nelson & Kennedy
PLIN3 Plantago insularis Eastw.
PLINF Plantago insularis Eastw. var. fastigiata (Morris) Jeps.
PLINS Plantago insularis Eastw. var. scariosa (Morris) Jeps.
PLMI Plantago minima A. Cunn.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Plantaginales
Family Plantaginaceae – Plantain family
Genus Plantago L. – plantain
Species Plantago ovata Forssk. – desert Indianwheat

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Arid West FACU
Great Plains FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU



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Description of Values

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