|Scientific Name||Persicaria punctata (Polygonum punctatum)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||POPU5|
|Common Name||Dotted Smartweed, Water Smartweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||518749|
|Description||Habitat: Full or partially sunny areas, moist to wet conditions.
Plant: Erect to somewhat sprawling annual or short-lived perennial; 1 to 2-1/2 feet tall; stems branching occasionally, hairless and somewhat broader at leaf axils.
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: Illinois Wildflowers and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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