Persicaria odorata (Lour.) Sojak

Vietnamese Mint

Preslia 46: 154 (1974) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or short-lived perennial herb to c. 1 m high, stems decumbent to ascending, glandular. Ochreas glandular, usually with a few appressed hairs, ciliate at apex. Leaves lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 7–10 cm long, 10–20 mm wide, glandular, margins and main veins with antrorse bristles or hairs; petiole c. 0.5 cm long. Spikes cylindric, 5–8 cm long, c. 10 mm diam., peduncle 1–5 cm long; perianth segments 5–7 mm long, white to pink, prominently gland-dotted, free almost to base. Nut trigonous, c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers May–Jun.

*GipP, *HSF. Native to Indo-China. Grown as a culinary herb, occasionally escaping from gardens into nearby creeks and wetlands.

Plants have a strong coriander-like smell.

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 odorata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Persicaria odorata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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