Persicaria punctata (Elliott) Small  
Family: Polygonaceae
dotted smartweed
[Persicaria punctata var. eciliata (Elliott) Small, Persicaria punctata var. leptostachya (Elliott) Small, Polygonum acre var. leptostachyum Kunth, Polygonum punctatum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. aquatile Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. aquatile f. stipitatum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. confertiflorum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. confertiflorum f. longicollum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. ellipticum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. leptostachyum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. littorale Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. parviflorum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. parvum Elliott, Polygonum punctatum var. punctatum Elliott]
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Etymology: Persicaria: peach-like, the medieval name for knotweed
Plants: erect or sprawling, perennial/annual, up to 40" tall, aquatic to terrestrial forb
Leaves: alternate, narrowly lance-like, smooth, usually up to 8" long by 3/4" wide
Flowers: white to greenish, 5-parted, petals and petal-like sepals united at the base; inflorescence thin, interrupted, spike-like, up to 4” long clusters either erect or arching on a stalk jointed at the top; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: brown/black, smooth, shiny, dry seed
Habitat: sun; wet; swamps, shallows
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