Plant Form Upright vine-like shrub. Size Up to 1 m tall, but climbing much higher. Stem Red with stripes or streaks. Leaves Stout lance to heart-shaped 15 cm long, soft, light green often with a darker V-shaped marking in centre. Flowers Clusters of small white to pinkish. At ends or joins of branches. Fruit and Seeds Black, fleshy berries, up to 3 mm diameter. Habitat Roadsides, riparian areas, swamps, wetlands. Distinguishing Features Leaves more stout than other Persicaria species which tend to have more elongated leaves. Impacts Smothers and replaces native vegetation or agricultural plantings.
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