West Highland Flora

Water-pepper


Persicaria hydropiper

Former name: Polygonum hydropiper

Persicaria hydropiper

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye

Frequent on barish damp tracksides or roadsides, and around farmyards or where cattle gather.

Leaves c 5-10 cm.  Flowers c 4 mm across when open (closed in these pics)

ID: Greenish-pink flowers. Leaves tapering to both ends, the upper almost unstalked but not clasping the stem  Flower spikes more than 3 times as long as broad, and interrupted so that some flowers or small groups of flowers are somewhat isolated from the rest (these are often in the axils of small leaves).  Other Skye Persicaria species have much denser and more compacted flower-spikes.

Other features: Petals covered with small yellow glands.  Does not have dark blotch on leaves like Persicaria.  Flower-spike nodding.

 

Persicaria hydropiper

Photo Carl Farmer
6 Aug 2003 Dunvegan, Skye
Vertical height of plant = 33 cm

 

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