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Halberd-leaved Tearthumb
Persicaria arifolia
(formerly Polygonum arifolium)

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia) Other scientific names: Polygonum arifolium, Tracaulon arifolium

French names: Renouée à feuilles d'arum

Family: Smartweed Family (Polygonaceae)

Similar species:
  •   Arrow-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata) - The leaves are s different shape.

Flowers: Summer;  White;  Indistinguishable parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Forests, Wet Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 402   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photography notes: The flowers are tough to photograph, being so small, and white.

Photographs: 16 photographs available, of which 5 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia)

An entire Halberd-leaved Tearthumb plant. Note the tiny white flowers.

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia)

Closeup of one of the tiny white Halberd-leaved Tearthumb flowers.

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia)

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb flower buds.

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia)

The distinctive halberd-shaped leaf of Halberd-leaved Tearthumb.

Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia)

The barbs along the stems that give this plant part of its common name.

Range map for Halberd-leaved Tearthumb (Persicaria arifolia)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)