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Common name

English: Ladysthumb smartweed, Spotted smartweed

German: Floh-Knöterich

Portuguese: Erva-das-pulgas


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Polygonales (28)

        Family: Polygonaceae (30)(family description)

          Genus: Persicaria (6)

            Epithet: maculosa Gray (1)

Synonyms: Persicaria maculata (Raf.) S.F. Gray, Persicaria persicaria (L.) Small, Persicaria ruderalis (Salisb.) C.F. Reed, Persicaria vulgaris Webb & Moq., Polygonum dubium Stein, Polygonum fusiforme Greene, Polygonum puritanorum Fern.

dubium => doubtful, uncertain (usually in regard to taxonomic placement)

fusiforme => fusiform, or spindle-shaped

maculata => spotted, stained or blotched

maculosa => spotted

persicaria => from the resemblance of the leaves of some species to those of Persica, the peach

ruderalis => of waste places, of rubbish tips

vulgaris => common, everyday


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet, pink, beige, white

External links

Check for Persicaria maculosa at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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