Common name: Redshank, Jesus Plant
Persicaria maculosa Gray APNI*
Synonyms: Polygonum persicaria L. APNI*
Description: Herb 40–60 cm high, stems ascending or erect, ± glabrous.
Leaves narrow-ovate, 3–8 cm long, 8–15 mm wide, often with dark purplish blotches, pubescent on veins and margins, surface slightly warty; petiole 0–7 mm long; ocrea with cilia 2–3 mm long.
Spikes short-cylindrical, dense, but often interrupted below, 1–2.5 cm long, 7–10 mm diam. Perianth segments 2.5–4 mm long, pink to whitish.
Achene 2.0–2.2 mm long, 1.6–1.9 mm diam., black.
Distribution and occurrence: Occasionally naturalised on the coast and tablelands; also naturalised in Vic, Tas, SA, WA. Native of Europe but widely naturalised elsewhere.
In open weedy sites.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1990); edited KL Wilson (Jan 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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