In search of flowers in the Northeast

Buckwheat Family: Polygonaceae

This family is distinguished by having lots of small flowers in clusters or spikes. Oddly, they typically have five or six sepals that may be colored like petals, but no petals. There are usually three to nine stamens. Seeds are generally triangular. The family includes buckwheat, knotweed, lady’s thumb, smartweed, and rhubarb.

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