Plantain (Family Plantaginaceae)
The Plantaginaceae or Plantain Family, is a family of flowering
plants in Order Lamiales. In older classifications it used to be the
only family of Order Plantaginales, but numerous recent studies
have demonstrated that Order Plantaginales should be included
within the order Lamiales. In addition, extensive modifications
have been proposed for extending family Plantaginaceae to in-
clude other genera not formally associated with it.
This newer, broader Family Plantaginaceae is a most diverse, cos-
mopolitan family, occurring mostly in temperate zones. It consists
of herbs, shrubs and also a few aquatic plants with roots (such as
the Genus Callitriche).
Many members of Family Plantaginaceae are considered weeds,
although a few have medical benefits (e.g., a laxative from Plant-
aginaceae psyllium seed).
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