Common name: Vietnamese Mint, Laksa-yip, Daun laksa, Pak pai, Rau ram
Persicaria odorata (Lour.) Sojak APNI*
Synonyms: Polygonum odoratum Lour. APNI*
Description: Plant decumbent to ascending, to 1.5 m high. [Full description still to be added]
Leaves narrow-elliptic to lanceolate.
Spikes elongate-cylindrical, slender, rather lax; perianth segments pale pink.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely cultivated as a culinary herb and has potential to naturalise in wet situations, as has happened in Victoria. Native to Asia.
In damp situations such as creek and lagoon banks.
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by K. L. Wilson (March 2019)
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