Persicaria senegalensis ?

Knotweed, Persicaria senegalensis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along a roadside ditch near Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. July 2014.

HERBACEOUS PLANT: An upright herbaceous plant with one or a few stems. Mostly less than 2 m.

FLOWERS: The flowers are mostly white and arrayed on long, drooping spikes at the apex of the stems.

LEAVES: Leaves are lance-shaped to elyptic with a soft pubescence on upper and lower surfaces.

RANGE: This plant is reported in areas from West ot East Africa.

FRUIT: Seeds solitary in each flower ovary and enclosed in papaery wings.


Close-up of stem and leaf base. Knotweed, Persicaria senegalensis?, photo © Michael Plagens

Polygonaceae -- Buckwheat Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 22 September 2014