Other names: Flat Weed, Soldiers, Common Plantain.
Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family).
Native of Europe and Asia.
Occurrence: Ribwort is one of the most abundant and widespread weeds of the Central Goldfields. It is a very common lawn weed, and grows on roadsides, farmland and waste places, and in otherwise native vegetation.
Ribwort often has unusual growth, such as the growth of leaves above the flowers.
It has sometimes been called “White Man’s Foot”, from its habit of appearing as a weed following European settlement in foreign countries.
Similar species: Several other plantains are common. Greater Plantain is found in wet areas. It has much broader, and usually much larger leaves. Buck’s-horn Plantain has toothed leaves, and a longer flower cluster. The native Variable Plantain is a common plant of the box-ironbark forests. It has toothed leaves, and the flower cluster is interrupted by gaps.