Common name: Creeping Knotweed
Persicaria prostrata (R.Br.) Soják APNI*
Synonyms: Polygonum prostratum R.Br. APNI*
Description: Decumbent herb, often with a woody rootstock, ± densely antrorsely hairy, occasionally with scattered stalked glandular hairs too.
Leaves narrow-ovate, 1–4 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, with antrorse hairs scattered on surface or restricted to veins and margins, occasionally sessile glands on lower surface too; petiole 0–3 mm long; ocrea with cilia 1–2 mm long, limb lobed and toothed.
Spikes short-cylindrical, dense, 0.6–4 cm long, 4–7 mm diam. Perianth segments 1.8–2.5 mm long, elongating to 3.2 mm in fruit.
Achene lenticular, 1.5–2.0 mm long, 1.2–1.3 mm diam., dark brown to black.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in more inland parts of the State; widespread in eastern Australia; also in southwestern WA and New Zealand.
Grows on banks of streams, ground-tanks and ditches.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by K. L. Wilson (1990); edited KL Wilson (Jan 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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