18 April 2020

Bucks-horn Plantain - Hanidh

Whilst birding the Hanidh area in spring 2020 I came across a good amount of Bucks-horn Plantain Plantago boissieri. This plant is said to be the most abundant annual of the spring biomass in the Eastern Province, but it is not common where I live in Dhahran. Growing from roots as deep as 50 centimeters, it produces a rosette of long, narrow, silky-haired leaves above, upon which the extended thin flower spikes stand. The flowers are dominated by the whitish stamens, which protrude well beyond the petals. It is a favoured food for camels particularly after heavy rainfall when plant growth is abundant.
Bucks-horn Plantain