Since New York Botanic Garden started their “Go Find Plantago” project, I have been focusing an inordinate amount on plantains. This has gotten me thinking about Plantago asiatica and Plantago major. Only major is recorded here in NYC, but from what I know, asiatica is used for food occasionally, so it may be present. However, I don’t know how to tell them apart, even after a bit of research, or whether they are indeed synonyms. INaturalist seems to kinda treat them as synonyms, (asiatica pops up major) but not fully (there is also a P asiatica species page).
If anyone has any tips, they’d be super helpful!