Latin name: Persicaria punctata (Elliott) Small
  Pronunciation: per-si-KARE-ee-a punk-TAY-ta

  Common name: Water smartweed
  Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat)
  Habitat: Common in low moist places, cismontane to
  desert edge, shores, to 4500', planted as waterfowl
  food
  Blooming period: July to October
  Click for Latin name derivations:  1) Persicaria
  2) punctata
  Formerly Polygonum punctatum
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