Persicaria nepalensis (Meisn.) H. Gross

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Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Persicaria nepalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Persicaria alata (Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don) Nakai
Polygonum alatum Buch.-Ham. ex Spreng.
Polygonum nepalense Meisn.
Polygonum perforatum Meisn.
Polygonum punctatum Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don
Polygonum punctatum Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don var. alatum Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don
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Status: Native
Description:
A spreading or procumbent annual herb, rooting at the nodes. Stem green, brownish or red, ascending up to 50 cm, hairless or with scattered gland-tipped hairs. Leaves ovate to ovate-deltate, up to 6 cm long, contracted and decurrent below for up to 1.5 cm forming a false petiole with auricles at the base, hairless or with scattered hairs, gland-dotted beneath. Ocrea brown, membranous, 6–8 mm long, entire at the apex. Flowers in small, dense heads 6–9 mm in diameter, c. 12-flowered, subtended by a sessile involucral leaf; peduncles up to 5 cm long, with glandular hairs below the inflorescence. Perianth whitish, creamy-white or bluish-pink, c. 3 mm long, with 4 elliptic lobes as long as the tube; anthers dark bluish.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nepalensis: of Nepal.
Habitat: In marshy areas along streams and forest edges or on moist rocks.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Asia, Africa and Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 7 April 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 227. as Polygonum nepalense

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 5 - 6.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 85.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Persicaria nepalensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=190930, retrieved 22 September 2019

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