The plantain (Plantago) is a genus of the family Plantaginaceae (Plantaginaceae).
The plantain are annual to perennial herbs or dwarf shrubs. The leaves are in a rosette or grundstehenden against the stem or alternate. The leaves are so-called rachis-leaves: the leaf blade consists only of the rachis, so are the veins parallel or curved.
The inflorescences are many flowered, stalked heads or spikes. The flowers are m tall. The Corolla lobe are available from most or are reflexed. The filaments and share in the Blütenkronröhre. The ovary is two to vierfächerig. The fruits are mehrsamige capsules.
The name of plantain (probably analogous to personal names such as Friedrich Dietrich or formed) is probably not interpreted as' Wegbeherrscher "but points to the location of paths towards. The name Plantago is derived from the Latin word for foot Planta. Already in antiquity, but also in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', were the leaves of the plantain on wounds and inflamed bodies hung up. More rarely, the plantain root (eg menstrual problems has been applied). The ancient physicians Galen and Dioscorides include in their writings to numerous applications for the plantain, primarily it is to be applied to all malignant ulcers, rivers, decay processes, dysentery, bleeding. According to Dioscorides the plantain also helps epileptics and asthmatics.
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