Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Characteristics of the Polygonaceae (Buckwheatfamily

  • Herbs or shrubs, sometimes vines or trees
  • Stems with swollen nodes
  • Leaves alternate, simple, often with stipular sheath surrounding the stem at base of leaf (ocrea)
  • Inflorescences in fascicles arranged in spikes or racemes
  • Flowers small, often pinkish or greenish
  • Tepals 3+3 or 5, fused at base
  • Stamens often with nectaries at their base
  • Ovary superior
  • Fruit a 3-sided achene or nutlet with a single seed
Associated Plants