Plantago ovata

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Plantago ovata
Plantago ovata form.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Plantago
Species: P. ovata
Binomial name
Plantago ovata
  • Plantago brunnea Morris
  • Plantago fastigiata Morris
  • Plantago gooddingii A.Nels. & Kennedy
  • Plantago insularis Eastw.
  • Plantago minima A.Cunningham

Plantago ovata, known by many common names including blond plantain,[1] desert Indianwheat,[2] blond psyllium,[3] and ispaghul,[3] is a medicinal plant native to Western Asia and Southern Asia. The plant can be found growing wild in the southwestern United States, where it is considered a possibly introduced species.[4]

It is a common source of psyllium seed husks, a material used as dietary fiber.[5]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ USDA PLANTS, retrieved 10 June 2016 
  3. ^ a b USDA GRIN Taxonomy, retrieved 10 June 2016 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Medlineplus. Blond psyllium (a.k.a. Plantago ovata). Effectiveness, interactions with medications, etc.

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