Fuzzy Knotweed
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Fuzzy Knotweed
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Fuzzy Knotweed
Botanical name: Polygonum paronychioides    Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweed family)

Fuzzy Knotweed is a low, spreading, rather matter plant, with linear leaves. It has prominent silvery papery stipules, almost as long as the leaves. Leaves are fleshy, with a fine point, grooved above, mostly 5-8 mm long, hairless. Silvery stipules of young shoots conceal both leaves and the stem. Flowers are tiny, bright pink, about 3 mm across, hidden amongst the stipules and leaves. Stem is much branched, white or red-brown, spreading. Fuzzy Knotweed is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2700-4300 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Lahaul & Chatadu, Himachal Pradesh.

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