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This odd-looking little plant is easily overlooked and often omitted from many wildflower and weed guides. It is now time to bring this plant to the attention of members of the public. Mousetail superficially resembles a plantain (Plantago sp.) with narrow leaves, but it belongs to a very different family of plants (Ranunculaceae). Other species of plants in this family are quite distinct in appearance because of their showier petals, wider leaves, and/or shorter ovaries. As a result, Mousetail is easy to identify once one becomes familiar with it. Several subspecies have been described, but only the typical subspecies, ssp. minimus, has been found in Illinois.

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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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