Persicaria decipiens (R. Br.) K.L. Wilson

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Persicaria decipiens

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Greystone Park NR, Harare

Persicaria decipiens

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Val D'Or

Persicaria decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Synonyms: Persicaria salicifolia (Brouss. ex Willd.) Assenov
Persicaria serrulata (Lag.) Webb & Moq.
Polygonum salicifolium Brouss. ex Willd.
Common names: Snake-root (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Slender erect or decumbent perennial herb. Stems hairless, up to 1 m, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves subsessile, linear-lanceolate, glabrescent. Flowers in multiple, more or less terminal spike-like racemes, white to deep pink. Fruit a very small black nut, smooth and shiny.
Derivation of specific name: decipiens: deceptive
Habitat: A species of wet and marshy places. Also as a weed of waste land and roadsides in high rainfall areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 3 August 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 229. as Polygonum salicifolium

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 188. as Polygonum decipiens (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 68. as Persicaria serrulata

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 9 - 10.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 93.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 154. as Polygonum salicifolium

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 222. as Persicaria serrulata


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Persicaria decipiens., retrieved 19 November 2017

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