Perennial or annual, small, stemless herb, up to 15 (-20) cm tall, hirsute; hairs more or less appressed. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 8-10 (-12) cm long, 1 (-1.8) cm broad, pinnatidentate to (bi-) pinnatifid; segments linear to lanceolate, acute. Scapes 5-8 cm long, ascendent or erect, longer to sometimes shorter than the leaves. Spikes narrow cylindrical. Bracts ovate, acute to acuminate, narrowly margined, covered with short appressed hairs. Anterior sepals narrow to broad elliptic, 2-2.75 mm long, margin, ciliolate, carinate, posterior sepals ovate, broad, up to 3 mm long. Corolla tube pilose. Seeds 4-5.
The type subsp. has scapes thin to moderately thick. Spikes narrow cylindrical, lax to more or less dense. Bracts scarcely shorter, usually longer than the calyx; carina in the bracts and anterior sepal moderately broad. It is probably confind to Pakistan.
Plantago coronopus (known as buck's-horn plantain, minutina or erba stella) is a herbaceousannual to perennialflowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae. It produces a basal rosette of narrowly lance-shaped leaves up to 25 centimeters long that are toothed or deeply divided. The inflorescences grow erect to about 4 to 7 cm in height. They have dense spikes of flowers which sometimes curve.[clarification needed] Each flower has four whitish lobes each measuring about a millimeter long. Plantago coronopus mainly grows on sandy or gravelly soils close to the sea. It is native to Eurasia and North Africa but it can be found elsewhere, including the United States, Australia, and New Zealand as an introduced species.
The leaves of buck's-horn plantain have a strong resemblance to deer antlers, which explains its name. This plant cannot tolerate much competition from other plants, however it grows well under circumstances unpleasant for most plants. It tolerates certain extreme or fluctuating conditions, such as salt and wetness/dryness. Young plants are more sensitive to treading and salt, while older plants are more tolerant. Buck's-horn plantain stores the salt in its leaves, as opposed to sea lavender which excretes the salt. The plant has been cultivated for centuries as a vegetable, being particularly popular in Italy.
De bladeren van hertshoornweegbree lijken wel wat op hertengeweien,vandaar de naam. De plant kan goed tegen zout. Hij groeit vaak op het hoogste deel van, op zeedijken of op lage zandheuveltjes bij de zee. Als de plant ouder wordt kan hij steeds beter tegen zout. Hertshoornweegbree slaat het zout op in de bladeren, terwijl zeeweegbree het uitscheidt. Italianen kweken al eeuwen hertshoornweegbree als groente.