Plantago moorei Rahn, Holotype at RNG

Detail of shoot tip of Plantago moorei Rahn from Holotype

The herbarium at Reading University has a large collection of plants from Tierra Del Fuego and the Falkland Islands collected by Professor David Moore quite early in his research career. Among these is a tiny plant collected in 1964 and described as a new species in his honour in 1984. Resulting from a recent request for information on this species, this blog includes an image of the Holotype of Plantago moorei held at RNG (which incorporates RU). The plant was collected in mid-Summer and has numerous very small flowers.  The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red list.

Plantago moorei Rahn, Nordic J. Bot. 4(5): 624. 1984. Type. Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur. Islas Malvinas, Port Stephens, 30/01/1964, D.M. Moore 729

Holotype of Plantago moorei Rahn held at RNG (incorporates RU)

To see the plant growing have a look at: Plantago moorei growing in the Falkland Islands (Photo by Kew UKOT team). You can read more about the plant on Kew’s PotWO site.

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