Persicaria punctata

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Scientific Name Persicaria punctata (Polygonum punctatum) USDA PLANTS Symbol
POPU5
Common Name Dotted Smartweed, Water Smartweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
518749
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Full or partially sunny areas, moist to wet conditions.
Plant: Erect to somewaht sprawling annual or short-lived perennial; 1 to 2-1/2 feet tall; stems branching occasionally, hairless and somewhat broader at leaf axils (ocreae).
Leaves: Narrow lanceolate-ovate, up to 6 inches long and 3/4-inch wide; short petioles, sometimes sessile; ocrea (sheath at leaf base wrapping around stem) membraneous and hairless, except for a few long bristles at upper edge.
Inflorescence: Terminal racemes of many small flowers, each about 1/8-inch across, white greenish-white sepals (or tepals), outside dotted with small light or dark glands; 6 to 8 stamens and 2 to 3 syles.
Bloom period: June to November.
References: Descr. adapted from Illinois Wildflowers and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native

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