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Useful Tropical Plants

Persicaria chinensis

(L.) H.Gross

Polygonaceae

+ Synonyms

Polygonum chinense L.

Common Name: Chinese Knotweed

Persicaria chinensis
Cultivated plant
Photograph by: Rojypala
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General Information

Persicaria chinensis is a perennial plant, usually with a climbing habit, producing much-branched stems from stout, underground rhizomes. The stems can be 0.3 - 6 metres long and often become woody at the base. At higher elevations the plant is often small and erect in habit[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - China, Japan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines

Habitat

Very common in brushwood, forest borders, open forest, riverbanks, and tea- and Cinchona-plantations; throughout Indo-China; at elevations from sea level to 3,300 metres[
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]. Damp wasteground in lowlands and mountains in Malesia[
987
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore Vol. 47 Part 2
Publication
 
Author
Turner I.M.
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1995
ISBN
0374-7859
Description
A botanical journal, this edition contains a catalogue of the vascular plants of Malaya.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height1.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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Flowers of India
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
]. A sour flavour[
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Title
Flowers of India
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Author
 
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
]. The tepals become blue-black and fleshy, enclosing the seeds as they ripen - they can be eaten as a fruit[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
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Title
Flowers of India
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Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
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Medicinal

The plant is antiscorbutic, tonic, vulnerary[
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Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
]. A decoction of the plant is used as a depurative[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Externally, the decoction is used to treat eczema of the ears[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The juice of the plant is employed in the treatment of eye diseases[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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A poultice is applied to the abdomen as a treatment for stomach-ache[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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