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Plantago rugelii  Decne.
Cherokee County, Kansas
Height: 4-24 inches
Family: Plantaginaceae - Plantain Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August, September,October
Stems: Stems absent or essentially so. Plants green, glabrous or glabrate.
Leaves: Basal; petiole bases winged, often purplish; blades lanceolate to broadly ovate, 1.6 to 9 inches long, .8 to 6 inches wide, margins entire to undulate or coarsely dentate, tip acute or rounded.
Inflorescences: Terminal spikes, long-cylindric, 2 to 14 inches; bracts lanceolate, 1 to 1.3 times as long as calyx; peduncles glabrous or glabrate.
Flowers: Calyx 4-lobed, lobes ovate to oblong, .06 to .08 inch, margins broadly membranous, somewhat translucent; corolla semi-transparent but sometimes appearing white, tubular, 4-lobed, lobes less than .05 inch, reflexed; stamens 4.
Fruits: Capsules lanceoloid, 1/8 to 2/5 inch; seeds 4 to 9, black, elliptic, ca. 1/12 inch.
Habitat: Shaded lawns, stream valleys, pastures, waste places
Distribution: Occurs nearly statewide
Origin: Native
Comments: Plantago rugelii is known to cause hay fever. Named for Ferdinand Igantius Xavier Rugel, German botanist.

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