Polygonum plebeium is a much-branched, prostrate annual plant with stems 4 - 45cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Widespread in tropical regions, though rare in some regions, extending from Africa, through Asia to Australia.
Drier locations than many other Polygonum species, in places such as rocky ground in dried riverbeds and drying mudflats along lakes. It is also found as a weed in fields[
When growing in dry places the leaves are said to develop a bitter flavour[
The plant is sometimes found as a weed in cultivated fields[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. They can be cooked with potatoes and groundnuts[
], 466. The food is slimy, but is well liked because it has a good smell[
]. In India it is used as a famine vegetable[
The crushed seeds are cooked and eaten as a remedy fort bowel complaints[
]. The roots are similarly applied[
The fresh root contains 11% tannin, and oxymethylanthraquinone has also been isolated[
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