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1. Fagopyrum dibotrys (D. Don) Hara, Fl. E. Himal. 69. 1966; 2: 22. 1971; Hara in Hara et al., Enum. Fl. Pl. Nep. 3: 174. 1982; Munshi & Javeid, l.c. 82; Grierson & D.G.Long, l.c. (Fig.17, E-G).

Polygonum dibotrys D.Don, Prod. Fl. Nep. 73. 1825; Polygonum cymosum Trev. in Nov. Act. Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. Nat. Cur. 13: 177. 1826; Fagopyrum cymosum (Trev.) Meisn. in Wall., Pl. As. Rar. 3: 63. 1832; Hook.f., l.c. 55; R.R.Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. Pak. Kashm. 201. 1972; Bhopal & Chaudhri, l.c. 88.

A tall, perennial, sparsely pubescent, branced herb. Leaves petioled, petiole 1.5-7 cm long, upper ones with short and lower with long petioles; blade broadly deltoid, hastate or cordate, acuminate, pubescent on the veins, 7-10 x 2.5-7 cm. Ochreae 8-12 (-15) mm long, brown, tubular, truncate, membranous. Flowers secund on the long recurved branches of the inflorescence, pedicellate, white; peduncle 6-16 cm long. Perianth segments 5-partite, 2-3 mm long. Stamens 8, alternating with glands. Ovary 3-angled; styles 3. Nuts 3-angled, angles acute, ovate, 6-8 mm long, c. 5 mm broad with flat or concave surfaces.

Fl. Per.: July-September.

Type: In Nepalia and Narainhetty, Buchanan-Hamilton s.n. (BM!).

Grows on moist slopes and shady areas between 1200-2800 m. It is considered to be a good fodder plant. The leaves are used as vegetable. The grains are used in stomach disorders; Distribution: India, China and Pakistan.


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