Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 94. 1803.
Perennials; caudex well developed, conspicuous, glabrous; roots taproots, thick. Stems 0–10 mm. Leaves 50–300 × 10–30 mm; blade lanceolate, margins entire, sometimes toothed, veins conspicuous, laterals branching from base, surfaces sparsely hairy. Scapes 75–150 mm, sparsely hairy. Spikes brownish or greenish, 100–450 mm, loosely flowered, rachis visible between flowers; bracts ovate, 1 mm, length 0.5–0.6 times sepals. Flowers: sepals 2 mm; corolla radially symmetric, lobes spreading, 1 mm, base obtuse; stamens 4. Seeds 2, 2 mm. 2n = 24.
Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Moist, sandy soils, open, undisturbed pine woods.
Elevation: 0–200 m.
Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C.
Populations of Plantago sparsiflora occur mainly along the Atlantic coast from Columbia County, North Carolina, south to Volusia County, Florida.
"-0.6timessepals" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.