Species

Persicaria maculosa

Etymology

Persicaria: Medieval name referring to the likeness of the leaves to a peach tree
maculosa: From Latin 'macula' blotch, meaning full of blotches or mottled

Common Name(s)

willow weed

Authority

Persicaria maculosa Gray

Family

Polygonaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

POLPER

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Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Synonyms

Polygonum persicaria

Features

Stems smooth sometimes hairy, much-branched, 15 to 90 cm tall. Leaves alternate, pointed at both ends, 2.5 to 15 cm long, with smooth edges and usually a dark spot in the middle. Sheath at base of the leaf fringed with short bristles (Wax, Fawcett and Isely 1981).

Flower Colours

Red / Pink,White

Year Naturalised

1878

Origin

Temperate N. Hemisphere.

Seed
Seeds almost circular, flattened



This page last updated on 10 May 2011