annual or perennial, mostly with basal leaves and scapose spikes, occasionally
with branched stems and opposite linear leaves; flowers regular, 4-merous; calyx
of 4 imbricated persistent sepals, mostly with scarious margins; corolla
salverform or tubular; stamens 4 or 2, alternate with corolla-lobes and inserted
on the tube; ovary superior; style 1 with a long hairy stigma; capsule
About 250 species and 3 genera, of which the largest and most cosmopolitan is Plantago.
Munz, (Flora. So. Calif. 633).
Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
Plantago elongata #
Plantago erecta #
Plantago ovata #