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  1. Family: Polygonaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Persicaria Mill.
      1. Persicaria pulchra (Blume) Soják

        This species is accepted, and its native range is India to SE. China and W. & Central Malesia.

    [FWTA]

    Polygonaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Habit
    Perennial with long rhizome
    Stem
    Stems 4–5 ft. long
    Ecology
    In swamps and by rivers.
    [FTEA]

    Polygonaceae, R. A. Graham. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1958

    Habit
    A stout softly hirsute perennial, 1 m. tall or more.
    Stem
    Stems branched, basally creeping and rooting at the nodes, brownish, covered with appressed, ascending, brown hairs, varying to subglabrous.
    Ocrea
    Ocreae light brown, membranous, the lower ones up to 3.5 cm. long, setose becoming glabrous with age, truncate with a terminal fringe of hard bristles which may equal the length of the tube.
    Leaves
    Leaves shortly petioled, variable in size and shape, commonly broadly ovate-acuminate but varying to narrow-lanceolate, elliptic-lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate, or oblong-elliptic, broadest usually below the middle, thence narrowed to a long, drawn-out, acute or acuminate apex, and more shortly narrowed to the base, the mature ones commonly 12–18 × 2.5–5.5 cm., pubescent above, covered below (sometimes only thinly) with a soft, grey-white tomentum, midrib often prominent below, with many arcuately ascending, ± prominent lateral veins commonly 2–3 mm. apart.
    Petiole
    Petioles not or seldom exceeding 1.2 cm., the upper leaves often subsessile.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a dense spiciform raceme, 5–8 cm. long and up to 1 (–2) cm. broad, usually leafless.
    Peduncles
    Peduncles stout, often in pairs from the uppermost ocreae and rising somewhat geniculately, tomentose with ascending, whitish hairs.
    Bracts
    Bracts reddish, rather thinly setose or glabrous, ovate, truncate, terminally fringed.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels exceeding the bracts by 1–2 mm.
    Perianth
    Perianth pink (3–) 4–5 mm. long. Tepals broadly oblong-elliptic, 2–3 mm. long.
    Style
    Styles 2, united at or shortly below the middle, variable in length, sometimes exserted.
    Fruits
    Nut rather unequally biconvex-lenticular, shining, black, 2–3 mm. long, broadly ovoid-ellipsoid to spherical, rarely ± trigonous.
    Figures
    Fig. 4/3, 4 and 8, p. 23.
    Habitat
    Damp places, river-sides, papyrus-swamps, etc., sometimes in brackish water; sea level–1950 m.
    Distribution
    tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia K3 K4 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 U1 U2 U3 U4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Andaman Is., Assam, Cambodia, China Southeast, India, Jawa, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Persicaria pulchra (Blume) Soják appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 2003 Thomas, D.W. [3098], Cameroon Polygonum pulchrum K000198118
    Nov 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [9415], Cameroon Polygonum pulchrum K000198117
    Nov 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [7250], Cameroon Polygonum pulchrum K000198116

    Bibliography

    First published in Preslia 46: 154 (1974)

    Accepted by

    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Chayamarit, K. & Balslev, H. (2018). Flora of Thailand 14(1): 1-184. The Forest Herbarium, Royal Forest Department.
    • Pandey, R.P. & Dilwakar, P.G. (2008). An integrated check-list flora of Andaman and Nicobar islands, India Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 32: 403-500.
    • Newman, M., Ketphanh, S., Svengsuksa, B., Thomas, P., Sengdala, K., Lamxay, V. & Armstrong, K. (2007). A checklist of the vascular plants of Lao PDR: 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2003). Flora of China 5: 1-505. Science Press (Beijing) & Missouri Botanical Garden Press (St. Louis).
    • Dy Phon, P. (2000). Dictionnaire des plantes utilisées au Cambodge: 1-915. chez l'auteur, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    • Turner, I.M. (1995 publ. 1997). A catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Malaya Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 47(2): 347-655.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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