COPSE BINDWEED

Copse-bindweed

Fallopia dumetorum

(Formerly: Polygonum dumetorum)
Dock & Knotweed Family [Polygonaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8cream
 
flower
flower8green
 
inner
inner8red
 
petals
petalsZ5
sepals
stem
stem8round
 
rarity
rarityZscarce
 
sex
sexZbisexual
 

12th Sept 2013, Chithurst, Chichester, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Copse Bindweed is very like Black Bindweed (Fallopia convolvulous) except that it can climb up to twice as high (up to 2m), the leaves are more narrowly acuminate (has a long taper to a narrow tip); the stalk of the flowers/fruits between 3 to 8mm long (1 to 3mm long for Black Bindweed); the outer tepals of the fruits are broadly winged (keeled to narrowly winged in Black Bindweed); and the seeds are only 2.5 to 3mm long and shiny (4 to 5mm long and dull in Black Bindweed)).


12th Sept 2013, Chithurst, Chichester, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The flowers have turned to fruit, which has three broad wings (being the outer parts of the tepals). The tepals are shiny. At the centre of the three wings sit the seed, which can be seen in some of the fruits on the right as a slight bulge or initially a carrot-shaped shadow within, which seems to evolve into an oval fruit (top right, or bottom centre).


12th Sept 2013, Chithurst, Chichester, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson


Easily mistaken for : Black Bindweed (Fallopia convolvulous) : see captions beneath first photo. Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : It has large features than the otherwise similar Black Bindweed

One research paper notes that this plant did not induce any toxicity in mice, in fact it benefitted them.


  Fallopia dumetorum  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Polygonaceae  

Distribution
 family8Dock & Knotweed family8Polygonaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Fallopia
Fallopia
(Black-Bindweeds)

COPSE BINDWEED

Copse-bindweed

Fallopia dumetorum

(Formerly: Polygonum dumetorum)
Dock & Knotweed Family [Polygonaceae]