Persicaria capitata (Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don) H. Gross

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Persicaria capitata

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Persicaria capitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle Country Lodge, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Polygonum capitatum Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don
Polygonum repens Wall. ex Meisn.
Common names: Pink-head knotweed (English)
Status: Introduced
Vigorous trailing perennial.
Notes: Introduced as a garden ornamental and now naturalised and weedy in the high rainfall areas of the country. Most common in the Eastern Highlands (division E) and also (rarely) escaping in the C Division.
Derivation of specific name: capitata: in the form of a head, capitate
Habitat: In moist disturbed habitats, roadsides and gardens, often growing on walls.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Native of the Himalayas
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 September 2011

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 82 - 83. as Polygonum capitatum (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.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Persicaria capitata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Persicaria capitata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Persicaria capitata
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Persicaria capitata., retrieved 28 May 2024

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