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Last updated 3/20/2009 by David Giblin.
Fagopyrum esculentum Moench[FNA5, HC2]
garden buckwheat

Publication: Methodus. 290. 1794.

Origin: Introduced

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: Native to Eurasia.

FNA5: "Fagopyrum esculentum is a heterostylous, obligate out-crosser. Morphological, allozyme, and molecular data suggest that the cultivated plants are most closely related to wild ones in northwestern Yunnan, China.

Common buckwheat is an important pseudocereal crop in China, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Poland; it is grown in many other countries. It is planted frequently in wildlife food plots, as a catch or cover crop, and as a honey plant in North America. Hulls from the achenes are used for pillow filling, which manufacturers claim has health benefits over traditional foam, polyester, or down fillings."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Fagopyrum sagittatum Gilib.
Fagopyrum vulgare T. Nees
Polygonum fagopyrum L.