Persicaria orientalis (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
List of species

Persicaria orientalis (L.) Spach

Family: Polygonaceae


  • Polygonum orientale L.

Vernacular names

  • Prince's feather (En)
  • Persicaire de Levant (Fr)
  • Thailand: phakuang
  • Vietnam: nghể bà, nghể dông.


South, South-East and East Asia, Africa, North America, Australia.


Young shoots are eaten in Indo-China.


  • Erect or ascending annual herb, 0.5-1 m tall.
  • Leaf-blade ovate-oblong, 5-20 cm × 3-12 cm, hairy on both sides; petiole 2-6 cm long.

In humid places, dried-up pools and ditches, often gregarious, up to 850 m altitude.

Selected sources

6, 7, 20.