false water-pepper, more...
[Persicaria hydropiperoides var. breviciliata (Michx.) Small, more]
Etymology: Persicaria: peach-like, the medieval name for knotweed
Plants: erect to sprawling, perennial, up to 40" tall forb; stems with nodes always hairy; from rhizomes
Leaves: alternate, lance-like to linear, mostly less than 1 1/2" wide
Flowers: white-green to pink, petals and petal-like sepals connected at the base; inflorescence thin, erect clusters often interrupted toward the base on usually hairy stalks jointed at the top
Fruits: black, shiny, smooth, oval, dry seed with 3-rounded angles and concave sides
Habitat: wet; beaches, marshes, shallows
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"