Polygonum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate to suberect annuals or perennials with a woody rootstock. Leaves subsessile, articulate on branches; ochreas glabrous, silvery or whitish-hyaline at least in upper part, soon becoming lacerated. Flowers bisexual, axillary, solitary or in small clusters; perianth segments usually 5, mainly sepaloid but often coloured toward margins, not or barely enlarging in fruit; stamens 3–8, widely dilated toward base; styles 3, rarely 2, stigmas capitate. Nut trigonous, or rarely biconvex.

Almost cosmopolitan, c. 50 species world-wide.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Polygonaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-24
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Polygonaceae
Higher taxa
genus Polygonum
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