Fagopyrum esculentum Moench
Common Name: BUCKWHEAT
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad A-Forb

A common cultivated plant of Asian origin, frequently escaped to disturbed ground, such as roadsides, fields, and railroads and first collected in 1880 in Kent Co., but hardly well established.

The achenes are the source of buckwheat flour, and buckwheat honey is made from the flowers. Fagopyrum tataricum (L.) Gaertn., another Asian species introduced in Europe and North America, was collected long ago at Corunna, Shiawassee Co., but may well have been cultivated there. In this species the perianth is less than 2 mm long and the achenes are rough or tuberculate on the sides; in our common buckwheat, the perianth is ca. 2–4 mm long and the achenes are smooth.

Locations

Allegan County
Antrim County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clinton County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Macomb County
Midland County
Oakland County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Schoolcraft County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2273.