|Distribution: This genus consists of c. 265 species that have a cosmopolitan distribution,
especially in temperate regions, from coastal to high altitudes. In Australia there
are 33 species (25 species endemic, 8 species naturalisted) that are distributed in
Description: The species in this family are annual or perennial herbs that are pilose or glabrous except for the hairs in the leaf axis.
For more details regarding the description of species within this genus please see: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=gn&name=Plantago
Pollen Morphology: The pollen produced by this genus are circular in shape and are between 20-25um in size. These grains have 5-12 pores scattered all over and they are 4-5um in size, circular and are surrounded by a thick down ring. There is also a dark dot visible in the centre of the pore. These grains have a verrucate surface texture.