Plants that take the train

The Latin name for plantain is 'plantago'.

It is derived from the Greek word 'planta', which means the sole of the foot.

This is because plantain leaves resemble a footprint, and because it typically grows along roads and paths.

In the U.S. it is known as 'White man's footprint', because the sticky seeds were trodden into the ground as the settlers moved westwards across the country.

In Denmark alone there are more than 10 different types of plantain.

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The information on this page automatically changes with the seasons here at the 'The footprint trail'