Fagopyrum esculentum L.

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Fagopyrum esculentum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tommelen nature reserve, Hasselt, Belgium

Fagopyrum esculentum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tommelen nature reserve, Hasselt, Belgium

Fagopyrum esculentum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tommelen nature reserve, Hasselt, Belgium

Fagopyrum esculentum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tommelen nature reserve, Hasselt, Belgium

Fagopyrum esculentum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jozef Vermaesenplein, Malderen, Belgium

Fagopyrum esculentum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jozef Vermaesenplein, Malderen, Belgium

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Synonyms: Fagopyrum sagittatum Gilib.
Fagopyrum vulgare T. Nees
Polygonum fagopyrum L.
Common names:
Frequency: uncommon
Status: Introduced
Description:
Erect annual herb up to 60 cm high. Leaves alternate, triangular-cordate, up to 10 cm long, lower leaves petiolate, upper leaves sessile with basal lobes clasping the stems; margin entire or sinuate; petiole up to 8 cm long. Flowers axillary and terminal in bracteate clusters together forming branched racemose heads. Perianth greenish-white, often pink-tipped. Fruit an ovoid, sharply 3-sided nut, 5-7.5 mm long, dull dark brown or grey.
Notes: This species was formerly widely cultivated as a corn substitute and animal food but now that cultivation has been reduced it has become much less frequent as a weed.
Derivation of specific name: esculentum: edible
Habitat: In damp soils along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to Asia and widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Monday 11 July 2016
Literature:

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) Pages 2 - 3. (Includes a picture).

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


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Flora of Botswana: Fagopyrum esculentum
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Flora of Zambia: Fagopyrum esculentum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Fagopyrum esculentum

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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Fagopyrum esculentum
JSTOR Plant Science: Fagopyrum esculentum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Fagopyrum esculentum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Fagopyrum esculentum
Plants of the World Online: Fagopyrum esculentum
Tropicos: Fagopyrum esculentum
Wikipedia: Fagopyrum esculentum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Fagopyrum esculentum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121870, retrieved 4 December 2020

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