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12. Plantago ovata Forssk., Fl. Egypt-Arab. 31. 1775. Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4: 707. 1885; Burkill, Fl. Pl. Baluchistan, 62. 1909; Patzak and Rech. f. in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 15:15. 1965. Cooke, Fl. Bomb. Pres. 2nd Repr. ed. 2: 562. 1967.

S.M.A. Kazmi

Plantago ovata

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Plantago trichophylla

    Annual subscaulescent herb, up to 5 (-10) cm tall, sparsely or thickly covered with soft hairs. Leaves in rosettes, narrow linear, 2-10 cm long, 1-1.5 (-2.5) mm broad, obtuse to acute, entire or distantly denticulate, 3-nerved, densely covered with appressed wooly hairs, attenuated at bases, bases slightly dialted. Scapes ascendent, 1-9 cm long, glabrous, or at the upper part pubescent. Flowers in dense capituliform or short cylindrical, 0.5-2 cm long thick spikes. Bracts ovate to rotundate, 3 mm long, concave, membranous, upper margins ciliate. Sepals usually glabrous, elliptic obovate, up to 3 mm long. Corolla lobes broad ovate to broad rotundate cordate, glabrous. Capsules 8 mm long, ellipsoid, obtuse, membranous, glabrous. Seeds 2, small ovoid-oblong, boat-shaped, smooth, yellowish-brown.

    Type: Alexandria, Forsskal(C- not seen).

    Distribution : From Mediterranian regions to the deserts of Kizil Kum, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Medicinal in the different pharmacopeias under the name of Ispaghula. Vern: Bazar Seeds: Isafghol, Bartang; English: Flea Seed; Kashmir: Ismogul; Kharan: Khardanick; Zhob: Shikampura, Sangpora.


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