Waybread — a perennial herb with a fibrous root system and short shoots outlets. Plates are simple leaves in outline or broadly elliptical, tselnokroynye with arcuate veins. Petioles very flexible, so the leaves good mechanical load: being pressed to the ground rails cars, bicycles, pedestrians soles, leaves remain almost intact. The plant lives up to its name: it grows on the edges of roads and paths, where there is less competition.
Psyllium seed dispersal help of which the skin upon contact with moisture, covered with mucus, and the seeds stick to the wheels, shoes, animal paws. After the conquest of America by Europeans waybread appeared there — seeds stuck to his boots conquistadors "stowaways" crossed the ocean. The Indians called the plant "after the white man." Plantain can be found not only along the roads, but also in fields, gardens, landfills, on the banks of reservoirs, especially in areas of grazing and watering livestock. It is common on city lawns and vacant lots.
Shoots the arrow out of the rosette leaf axils. At the top of the inflorescence stalk-ear. The flowers are small, inconspicuous. Plantain blooms from June until fall.
Waybread — an ancient medicinal plant. Its leaves and seeds have been treated in China 3,000 years ago. Plantain is used for various diseases. In some countries it is grown specifically for medical use. If you're in a campaign natrete leg or injured, Mash plantain leaf, apply slurry to the wound, cover with another sheet — the pain subsides, the wound will heal faster. Same pulp used for the extraction of poison snake bites.