Pale Indian Plantain
Synonyms of Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (13) Updated on 10-17-21 from Plants of the World Online): Adenimesa atriplicifolia (L.) Nieuwl., Cacalia atriplicifolia L., Cacalia atriplicifolia var. angulata Elliott, Cacalia paniculata Raf., Cacalia rotundifolia House, Cacalia similis J.Buchholz & E.J.Palmer, Conophora atriplicifolia (L.) Nieuwl., Conophora similis Nieuwl., Mesadenia atriplicifolia (L.) Raf., Mesadenia pulverulenta Raf., Mesadenia rotundifolia Raf., Mesadenia similis Small, Senecio atriplicifolius (L.) Hook.
Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (L.) H.Rob. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Pale Indian Plantain. It was named and described as such by Harold Ernest Robinson in Phytologia in 1974. It was first named Cacalia atriplicifolia by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
The genus, Arnoglossum Raf., was named and described as such by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque in Florula Ludoviciana (Flora of Louisiana) in 1817.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 8 species in the Arnoglossum genus (as of 10-17-21 when this page was last updated). It is a member of the plant family Asteraceae with 1,677 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made by POWO. The number of genera in this family goes up and down QUITE FREQUENTLY.
The above distribution map for Arnoglossum atriplicifolium is from the USDA Plants Database. The map on Plants of the World Online is similar but doesn’t show a few states. There are A LOT of maps with different data.
The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
I first noticed this plant along the edge of the south hayfield on October 4 in 2018. I found it again on May 1 in 2019 but was still unable to identify it. I didn’t see any in 2020 but I did in 2021… Then, I was able to identify the species through iNaturalist as Arnoglossum atriplicifolium, commonly known as the Pale Indian Plantain. Now I have to wait for flowers… Interesting critter on the leaf, too. 🙂
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
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FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
PFAF (PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
NATIVE PLANTS OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂