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Plantago eriopoda
 
Plantago eriopoda
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Foothills, montane. Openings. Spring to early summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, July 2, 2008.

Plantago eriopoda is normally found in alkaline meadows at lower elevations in all Rocky Mountain states.  Leaves are basal and have red woolly hairs at their base, hence the name "eriopoda", "woolly foot".   It is common for numerous basal leaves to dot large areas in meadows. Flower stalks can grow up to sixteen inches tall.  

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753 and John Torrey named this species in 1827 from a specimen collected by Edwin James along the Platte River.

Plantago eriopoda
 
Plantago eriopoda
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Foothills, montane. Openings. Spring to early summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, July 2, 2008.

Plantago eriopoda
 
Plantago eriopoda
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Foothills, montane. Openings. Spring to early summer.
Lone Mesa State Park, July 2, 2008.

This photograph shows a few square feet of a ten by ten foot area covered with basal rosettes.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Species present in state and native
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Species present and not rare
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Range map for Plantago eriopoda