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This plant closely resembles Plantago major (Common Plantain) from Eurasia. Black-Seeded Plantain differs from the latter species by the appearance of its seeds (e.g., they are black and lack surface reticulation) and its more narrow seed capsules. This plant is widely regarded as an unattractive weed, but its ecological value, particularly to small animals and moths, is rather high. Return


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