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Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata)
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Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata)

General: Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata) is a small annual forb that has 2-4 (8) inch linear leaves covered with long hairs. The inflorescence is a short stem with a cylindrical mass of bracts harboring tiny whitish, 4-part flowers. For such a small plant, it produces many relatively large seeds and provides an important food source for desert tortoise, desert iguana, and other vegetarian creatures.

Desert Indianwheat is a common, often abundant component of vegetation communities in dry, well-drained sandy and gravelly soils on desert flats and bajadas into the lower mountains in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones.

Around Las Vegas, look for Desert Indianwheat everywhere in desert habitat.

Family: Plantain (Plantaginaceae)

Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata) Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata)
Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata) Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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