Persicaria chinensis

POLYGONACEAE

Local Name: Mudanthi, Mukkala, Oduthan, Poovallikodi, Thiruthanni, Thondi

Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year

Habitat: Evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests

Distribution: Indo-Malesia and China

Description

Scandent subshrubs, branches zig-zag. Leaves simple, opposite, to 10 x 5 cm, broadly ovate or elliptic, shortly acuminate at apex, truncate at base, margins minutely crenulate; petiole to 1 cm, auricled at base; ochrea 2.5 cm long, membranous, truncate. Heads glandular pubescent; peduncles to 5 cm; bracts 3 mm, ovate, acute. Perianth lobes 4 mm, white. Stamens included. Ovary 3-gonous, styles 3. Nutlets 4 mm, trigonous.

Citation

Persicaria chinensis (L.) Gross. in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 49: 269,277,315. 1913; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 226. 1988; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 258. 2002; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 677. 2009.

 

Polygonum chinense L., Sp. Pl. 363. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 44. 1886; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1190(833). 1925; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 333. 1984; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 315. 1985; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 337. 1989; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 381. 1988; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 680. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 390. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram  379. 1994; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 298. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 25,38. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 371. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 254. 1997; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 64. 1998; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 564. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 332. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 263. 1999; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 543. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 410. 2005.