Plantain (2018-06-12 13-42-15a)
The plantain here is not the same as the plantain that produces a fruit which looks like a small banana. This is a small, rather inconspicuous plant with a worldwide range (North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand). It belongs to the order Lamiales, the family Plantaginaceae, the tribe Plantagineae and the genus Plantago which contains approximately 200 species.
The leaves of the plantain are sessile meaning they are at ground level. They have three to five veins which diverge in the broad part of the leaf. Leaves vary between wide and narrow depending on the species. The flower is a green stalk.
Some species of butterflies and moths feed on the plantain. Plantain has been widely used by humans for medical purposes and is edible.
The photo was taken in a sidewalk planter operated by the City of Chicago on 12 Jun 2018 using a Nikon Coolpix P7700 camera and edited using Luminar 2018. I used the Accent-AI and Structure filters and added the Tone filter to lower the SmartTone and highlights and raise the shadows.
Text and photo © 2018 Gary J. Sibio. All rights reserved.