Bilderdykia dumetorum (L.) Dumort.
Bilderdykia pauciflora (Maxim.) Nakai
Fagopyrum dumetorum (L.) Schreb.
Fagopyrum membranaceum Moench
Fagopyrum pauciflorum (Maxim.) Gross
Fallopia pauciflora (Maxim.) Kitag.
Helxine dumetorum (L.) Raf.
Polygonum alatum Dulac
Polygonum convolvulus pauciflorum (Maxim.) Vorosch.
Polygonum dumetorum L.
Polygonum pauciflorum Maxim.
Polygonum scandens dumetorum (L.) Gleason
Reynoutria scandens dumetorum (L.) Shinners
Tiniaria dumetorum (L.) Drejer
Tiniaria pauciflora (Maxim.) Nakai
Fallopia dumetorum is an annual, climbing plant with twining stems up to 150cm long that branch freely at the base. It scrambles over the ground twining into the surrounding vegetation for support[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Although no specific mention has been made for this species, there have been reports that some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people.
Many species also contain oxalic acid (the distinctive lemony flavour of sorrel) - whilst not toxic this substance can bind up other minerals making them unavailable to the body and leading to mineral deficiency. Having said that, a number of common foods such as sorrel and rhubarb contain oxalic acid and the leaves of most members of this genus are nutritious and beneficial to eat in moderate quantities. Cooking the leaves will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[
Temperate Eurasia - almost throughout Europe, central and and western Asia to west Siberia, Mongolia, Russian Far East, northern China and Korea
Hedges and thickets[
]. Grassy slopes, thickets and mixed forests in valleys, mountain valleys, fields; at elevations from 200 - 2,400 metres[
Species in this genus generally succeed in an ordinary garden soil, whilst preferring a moisture retentive not too fertile soil in sun or part shade[
]. They generally rpays generous treatment[
Most plants in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
Leaves - raw or cooked.
We have no specific information for this species, but the seed of most, if not all, members of the genus is edible both raw and cooked, and is potentially a good source of amino acids. Unfortunately the seed is also usually rather small and fiddly to utilize[
The plant (part not specified) is used as a purgative[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination is usually free and easy. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have reached sufficient size. If not, overwinter them in a cold frame and plant them out the following spring after the last expected frosts.