Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Polygonum perfoliatum L.

Family: Polygonaceae Genus: Polygonum Species: Polygonum perfoliatum L.






Synonym Persicaria perfoliata Flower Color White
Common Name Devil's tail, and giant climbing tearthumb Flower Type Panicle
English / Trade Name Mile-a-minute Weed, Mile-a-minute Vine Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Lilhar Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude 1300-1600 m Fruit Type Berry
Habit Climber Fruit Details The fruits are metallic blue in color, subglobose, fleshy, and berry-like, 4 to 6 mm In diameter, solitary achene is black, spherical and about 3.5 mm long
Habitat Occurs in natural forests, planted forests, ruderal/disturbed, urban areas and wetlands Bark Type Prickly
Distribution India, China, Japan, Philippines, Nepal, Burma, Manchuria, Korea, Taiwan and the Malay Peninsula Bark Details The angles of stems, petioles, and the principal veins on the undersurface of leaves have recurved prickles
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Elliptic
Description of Species It is a glaucous, branching, vine-like herb. It grows from an herbaceous base that may become woody with age. Vines may grow 10 to 12 feet (3-4 m) long and climb or recline on other plants Leaf Details Triangular 1-8 cm long and light green though they may appear reddish when young

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details