Botanical name: Persicaria maculosa Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweed family)
Synonyms: Polygonum persicaria
Redshank is an erect annual herb, 20-100 cm tall, rooting at the nodes. Stem are brownish-reddish brown, hairless. Leaves are 1-14 cm long, 0.25-3.5 cm wide, narrowly lanceshaped-elliptic, long-pointed, entire, nearly stalkless, often with a large dark blotch near the middle. Bright pink flowers are borne in many-flowered, stalked racemes, 2-3 cm long, stalks 1-2 cm long. Flowers are small, 1.5-2 mm across, bright pink. Tepals are 5, dark pink-red, unequal, obovate, blunt-tipped. Stamens are 6, filaments long, unequal. Ovary ovoid, rounded, with 2 styles, styles free above, fused below. Redshank is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 1200-4000 m. Flowering: June-October.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Redshank is ...