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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary...Abridged...fourth edition vol. 1. 1754. (Gard. Dict. Abr. (ed. 4)) Name publication detail

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General/Distribution: About 15 species, distributed in Europe and temperate Asia; 4 species are found in Pakistan.


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Erect annual or rarely perennial, sparsely pubescent to glabrous, branched herbs. Leaves alternate, sagittate-triangular, delotoid, hastately deltoid or cordate; ochreae short, truncate, entire. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, racemose or paniculate cyme. Flowers pedicellate, bisexual. Perianth segments 5-partite, subequal, not accrescent in fruit. Stamens 8, alternating with glandular disk lobes. Ovary 3-angled; styles 3, recurved, heterostyled; stigmas 3, capitate. Nuts 3-angled, much longer than the perianth. Seeds with axial embryo, very broad, transversely folded.

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1 Stem with several leaves, upper part of the branches leafy. Leaves 2.5-8 x 2-4 cm. Nut 4-8 mm long. (2)
+ Stem with few leaves; upper part of the branches almost leafless, leaves 1-1.5 x 0.8-1.5 cm. Nut < 3 mm long. 4 Fagopyrum gilesii
2 (1) Nuts ovate with sharp or acute angles, not crenulate or wrinkled in the lower part. (3)
+ Nuts 3-gonous with obtuse angles, crenulate or wrinkled in the lower part. 3 Fagopyrum tataricum
3 (2) Annual, cultivated. Ochreae 2-3 (-5) mm long. Inflorescence a dense terminal and axillary corymbose cyme. Flowers pink or red. 2 Fagopyrum esculentum
+ Perennial, wild. Ochreae (5-) 8-12 (-15) mm long. Inflorescence branched spike-like raceme. Flower white. 1 Fagopyrum dibotrys
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