Fagopyrum esculentum Moench


Methodus 290 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Annual herb; stems usually erect, to 90 cm high, glabrous or pappilate. Leaves triangular to ovate-triangular, 2.5–7 cm long, 2–5 cm wide; apex acute; base cordate to truncate. Inflorescence axillary or terminal, flowers in dense racemose or corymbose clusters. Perianth segments 3–4 mm long, pink or white. Achene trigonous to triquetrous, faces flat and smooth, 4–6 mm long, dark brown. Summer.

*GipP, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, Qld, NSW. Native to Eurasia. Cultivated as a food crop, occasionally escaping cultivation in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-27
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Polygonaceae
genus Fagopyrum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Fagopyrum esculentum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fagopyrum esculentum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory