Persicaria orientalis (L.) Spach

Princes Feathers

Hist. Nat. Veg. 10: 537 (1841) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect annual herb to c. 2 m high; stems densely hairy, hairs spreading to antrorse. Ochreas pubescent, the upper part expanded into a firm green limb. Leaves ± ovate, 6–22 cm long, 35–120 mm wide, both surfaces with scattered hairs and sessile glands; petiole 20–110 mm long. Inflorescence cylindric, dense, 3.5–8 cm long, 5–10 mm diam., peduncle 9–18 cm long; perianth segments 2.5–4.5 mm long, pale pink, free almost to base. Nut ± lenticular, 2–3 mm long and wide, brown to black. Flowers Mar.–May (3 records).

*EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Strz, *VVP. Also WA (naturalised), NT, SA (naturalised), Qld, NSW. Native to Asia and mostly northern Australia.

Sometimes grown as a garden plant and occasionally persisting in old gardens or from dumped garden refuse.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-06-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Polygonaceae
genus Persicaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Persicaria orientalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Persicaria orientalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory