Fagopyrum Mill.

Fagopyrum is a small genus of probably 16 species, mostly native to temperate Asia and East-Africa. Only two species are more or less widely distributed and often occur outside their native distribution range.

  • Mature achene with smooth faces. Perianth whitish or pinkish, ca. 3-5 mm long, ca. half as long as achene === 1. Fagopyrum esculentum
  • Mature achene with rugose, almost wavy margins. Perianth greenish, ca. 1,5-2,5 mm long, ca. one third as long as achene === 2. F. tataricum


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Ohnishi O. & Matsuoka Y. (1996) Search for the wild ancestor of buckwheat II. Taxonomy of Fagopyrum (Polygonaceae) species based on morphology, isozymes and cpDNA variability. Genes Genet. Systems 71: 383-390.

Ohsako T. & Ohnishi O. (2000) Intra- and interspecific phylogeny of wild Fagopyrum (Polygonaceae) species based on nucleotide sequences of noncoding regions of chloroplast DNA. Amer. J. Bot. 87: 573-582.

Stace C. (2010) New flora of the British Isles, 3th ed.: XXXII + 1232 p. Cambridge University Press.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith