Polygonum hydropiperoides

Gerry Deitzer gd3 at UMAIL.UMD.EDU
Mon Oct 20 10:26:18 EST 1997


I just looked this up and it appears that Polygonum hydropiperoides is a
member of the very large Buckwheat (Polygonaceae) family.  Its common
name is listed as Mild Water-pepper in Herbaceous Plants of Maryland,
1984, Brown and Brown, Port City Press, Baltimore, MD p. 410.  Hope that
this adds to the discussion.

Dr. Gerald F. Deitzer
Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences 
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4452

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David W. Kramer wrote:
> 
> "Remals" asked:
> 
> >Can someone tell me if there is another name for "Polygonum Hydropiper"? I am
> > looking for some information on this plant. Any leads will be very helpful.
> 
> The common name used most frequently is "Common Smartweed."  Others are
> "Water Pepper," "Biting Knotweed," and "Red Knees."  If you are interested
> in the alleged medicinal properties of this plant, see p. 300 of "Magic and
> Medicine of Plants" 1986.  Pleasantville, NY:  The Reader's Digest
> Association, Inc.
> 
> Dr. David W. Kramer
> Department of Plant Biology
> Ohio State University at Mansfield
> 1680 University Drive
> Mansfield, OH  44906-1547
> (419) 755-4344  FAX:  (419) 755-4367
> e-mail:  kramer.8 at osu.edu



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