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English-Man’s Foot, Greater Plantain

Greater Plantain

Well, you would not want this Plantain in your lawn, but it is not all bad; and has a story behind it. It migrated to North America with the early settlers, and amongst the Indians it was known as English-Man’s Foot because they seemed to dog the settlers’ tracks as though produced by treading; the leaves being tough and resilient and tolerant of trampling. The leaves contain tannins and astringent chemicals, which can make themselves useful styptics if crushed and applied to small cuts. (Info from Flora Britannica by R Mabey)

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  • Uploaded on January 27, 2009
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
    • Taken on 2006/07/27 11:27:23
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 18.34mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash