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  1. Family: Polygonaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Persicaria Mill.
      1. Persicaria hystricula (J.Schust.) Soják

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Type
    Type from Namibia.
    Stem
    Stem reddish-brown, prostate or ascending, glabrous Stem reddish-brown, prostate or ascending, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaf lamina 2–6 × 0.4–1.3 cm, lanceolate to elliptic, acute at the apex, basally attenuate into the petiole, with appressed hairs when young, the oldest leaves glabrescent and with bristles on the midrib of the undersurface and margins Leaf lamina 2–6 × 0.4–1.3 cm, lanceolate to elliptic, acute at the apex, basally attenuate into the petiole, with appressed hairs when young, the oldest leaves glabrescent and with bristles on the midrib of the undersurface and margins.
    Ocrea
    Ocrea reddish, up to 2 cm long, membranous, with appressed strigose hairs, truncate, generally with some cilia Ocrea reddish, up to 2 cm long, membranous, with appressed strigose hairs, truncate, generally with some cilia.
    Flowers
    Flowers pedicellate in fascicles of 2–3; fascicles surrounded by bracts and borne in ± dense pedunculate spiciform racemes 2–4 cm long; peduncles 1.5–2 cm long, stout, in pairs from uppermost ocrea, with stalked reddish glands; bracts reddish, with obtuse to rounded apex, glabrous outside, margins glabrous Flowers pedicellate in fascicles of 2–3; fascicles surrounded by bracts and borne in ± dense pedunculate spiciform racemes 2–4 cm long; peduncles 1.5–2 cm long, stout, in pairs from uppermost ocrea, with stalked reddish glands; bracts reddish, with obtuse to rounded apex, glabrous outside, margins glabrous.
    Perianth
    Perianth pink in bud, white when open turning rust-brown, 3–4 mm long, 5-lobed; lobes 2–3 mm long, oblong-elliptic. Stamens 6–9; filaments 2–2.5 mm long; anthers pink turning white, 0.5 mm long, oblong-ellipsoid Perianth pink in bud, white when open turning rust-brown, 3–4 mm long, 5-lobed; lobes 2–3 mm long, oblong-elliptic.
    Ovary
    Ovary 1.5–2 mm in diameter, globose, ± compressed; styles 2, united at or shortly below the middle
    Ecology
    Growing at edge of dam in short grasses where water had receded; up to 1360 m.
    Distribution
    Also in Angola and Namibia. Zimbabwe ZAM N, ZIM W, ZIM C Zambia
    Habit
    Perennial straggling or erect herb. Perennial straggling or erect herb
    Stamens
    Stamens 6–9; filaments 2–2.5 mm long; anthers pink turning white, 0.5 mm long, oblong-ellipsoid.
    Pistil
    Ovary 1.5–2 mm in diameter, globose, ± compressed; styles 2, united at or shortly below the middle.
    Fruits
    Nut dark brown to shiny black, 2–2.5 mm in diameter, biconvex-lenticular, slightly rugose. Nut dark brown to shiny black, 2–2.5 mm in diameter, biconvex-lenticular, slightly rugose.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Persicaria hystricula (J.Schust.) Soják appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Preslia 46: 153 (1974)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Preslia 46: 153 (1974).

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0