Taxon: Persicaria senegalensis (Meisn.) Soják

Genus: Persicaria
Family: Polygonaceae
Subfamily: Polygonoideae
Tribe: Persicarieae
Nomen number: 409758
Place of publication: Preslia 46:155. 1974
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 31-Aug-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 08-Mar-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • cataia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • erva-de-bicho  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic Importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (of unknown importance fide Atlas WWeed, as Polygonum senegalense)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Somalia
    • Northern Africa: Algeria ; Egypt
    • Southern Africa: Botswana ; South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Gambia ; Ghana ; Guinea-Bissau ; Mali ; Niger ; Nigeria ; Senegal
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Yemen
    • Western Asia: Israel


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  • Plants of southern Africa: an online checklist. (Pl SAfr Online)
  • Catarino, L. et al. 2001. Aquatic and wetland plants in Guinea-Bissau: an overview Syst. & Geogr. Pl. 71:197-2008.
  • Galasso, G. 2011. Review of Polygonaceae data for World Economic Plants, ed. 2 (pers. comm.)
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. Med-Checklist. (L Medit)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Miller, A. G. & T. A. Cope Flora of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. (F Arabia)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Thulin, M., ed. Flora of Somalia. (F Somalia)
  • Wilson, K. L. 1990. Some widespread species of Persicaria (Polygonaceae) and their allies Kew Bull. 45:630.


Check other web resources for Persicaria senegalensis (Meisn.) Soják :

  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.