The cone-scales are very small, but the bracts are large, thick, and serrate.
Bases of the bracts subtending leaf-fascicles not decurrent.
At this stage the bracts present two important distinctions.
The bracts of some species of Plantago are very subject to this change.
The bracts are long and leafy, with short sheaths surrounding the stem.
The leaves are linear, acute, and fleshy, and the bracts are linear and imbricated.
The flowers are in racemes, with short pedicels, and have no bracts.
The fruit is rather small, is smooth and has no tubercles, scales, nor bracts.
It has small tubercles which bear the spine clusters and bracts.
A circle of bracts surrounding a flower or cluster of flowers.