E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Fagopyrum esculentum Moench
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Robert Flogaus-Faust  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #26260)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect or sprawling, simple, several, 20-60 cm tall, smooth to hairy, hollow, reddish at maturity.
Basal leaves egg- to arrowhead-shaped, the blades 3-10 cm long, the stalks up to 1/2 as long as the blades; stem leaves similar, reduced, the upper ones unstalked.
Inflorescence of dense axillary and terminal, several- to many-flowered racemes; perianths white to pinkish, the 5 smooth segments 2-3 mm long; stamens 8.
Achenes, 3-angled, 5-7 mm long, smooth, extending well beyond the persistent perianths.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Mid Summer
According to the USDA, this species is a known allelopath.
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry railroad beds, fields and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Fagopyrum fagopyrum (L.) Karst.
Fagopyrum sagittatum Gilib.
Fagopyrum vulgare Hill
Polygonum fagopyrum L.

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