Taxon: Plantago ovata Forssk.

Genus: Plantago
  Subgenus: Psyllium
    Section: Albicans
Family: Plantaginaceae
      Tribe: Plantagineae
Nomen number: 28790
Place of publication: Fl. aegypt.-arab. 31. 1775
Name Verified on: 07-Jan-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 07-Jan-2003
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 66 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: stabilizer (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Food additives: thickening agent (fide Ency CNatIn)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Ency CNatIn; Pl Res SEAs 12(1):402. 1999; CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Kuwait; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Yemen
    • Caucasus: Azerbaijan
    • Middle Asia: Turkmenistan
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Cyprus; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Syria
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan
  • Europe

    • Southwestern Europe: Spain

  • Naturalized:

  • Northern America

    • : North America

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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