Crimson Knotweed
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Crimson Knotweed
ative oblong Photo: Kushagra Phartyal
Common name: Crimson Knotweed
Botanical name: Bistorta rubra    Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweed family)
Synonyms: Bistorta milletii auct. non H.Lév., Polygonum milletii auct. non H.Lév.

Crimson Knotweed is plant characterized by crimson broad-cylindrical or rounded dense flower spikes, 1.5-4 cm long. Flowers are about 4 mm. Leaves are oblong-blunt, up to a foot long and 2-4 cm broad, with the base narrowing into a leaf-stalk which has narrow wings. Upper leaves are stem clasping. The plant is 20-50 cm tall, with a stout root-stock. The stem is often covered with bases of old leaves. Crimson Knotweed is found in West Himalayas to Nepal, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess, Tabish Photographed in Rudraprayag distt, Uttarakhand.

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