Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 16851 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Polygonum bistortoides Pursh
Common name   American bistort
Steve Hegji   0176  
Coll. Date 15 July 2012 
United States
Utah County
Locality Rock Canyon trail, above Provo;
     Elev.: 8771 ft. (2674 m.)
Habitat Notes moraine at the base of steep rocky ridge. 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 40° 16'  20.16" N, 111° 33'  17.35" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Polygonum bistortoides Pursh

     Bistorta bistortoides (Pursh) Small
     Persicaria bistortoides (Pursh) H. Hinds
     Polygonum bistortoides var. linearifolium (S. Wats.) Small
     Polygonum bistortoides var. oblongifolium (Meisn.) St. John
     Polygonum cephalophorum Greene
     Polygonum glastifolium Greene
     Polygonum vulcanicum Greene

Common Name(s): American bistort.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=20879, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Caryophyllidae
                            Order: Polygonales
                                Family: Polygonaceae
                                    Genus: Polygonum
                                        Species: Polygonum bistortoides


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
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Images of other samples of the same species:
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Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
15436 Acer grandidentatum      "bigtooth maple" 1.1 mi. E
12266 Anemone multifida  var. tetonensis   "Teton windflower" same section
00065 Aquilegia caerulea  var. ochroleuca   "Colorado columbine" 2327 ft. N
12263 Aquilegia coerulea      "Colorado columbine" same section
01552 Astragalus utahensis      "Utah milkvetch" 2081 ft. SE
01862 Cardamine cordifolia  var. cordifolia   "heart-leaf bittercress" 1.5 mi. E
01857 Carex hoodii      "Hood's sedge" 1.5 mi. E
12264 Castilleja rhexiifolia  var. rhexiifolia   "meadow-beauty paintbrush" same section
01856 Cornus sericea  var. sericea   "redosier dogwood" 1.5 mi. E
01855 Cynoglossum officinale      "gypsyflower" 1.5 mi. E
13209 Cynoglossum officinale      "gypsyflower" 1.5 mi. E
12268 Erigeron caespitosus      "tufted fleabane" same section
18141 Erigeron eatonii      "Eaton's fleabane" 2052 ft. SW
18139 Eriogonum brevicaule      "short-stemmed wild buckwheat" 2045 ft. NW
12279 Eriogonum brevicaule  var. grayi   "Gray's wild buckwheat" same section
16850 Gayophytum ramosissimum      "pinyon groundsmoke" same section
01865 Hackelia floribunda      "many-flowered stickseed" 1.5 mi. E
12280 Ivesia gordonii      "Gordon's mousetail" same section
01868 Lathyrus pauciflorus  var. utahensis   "Utah few-flowered pea" 1.5 mi. E
12269 Linanthus watsonii      "Watson's prickly phlox" same section
01551 Lithospermum incisum      "narrow-leaf stoneseed" 2081 ft. SE
16849 Madia glomerata      "mountain tarweed" same section
01863 Mitella stauropetala  var. stenopetala   "drywoods miterwort" 1.5 mi. E
12277 Monardella odoratissima      "mountain monardella" same section
12270 Noccaea montana      "alpine pennycress" same section
01550 Oenothera cespitosa      "tufted evening primrose" 2081 ft. SE
01897 Osmorhiza occidentalis      "western sweetroot" 1.5 mi. E
15439 Paxistima myrsinites      "Oregon boxleaf" 1.1 mi. E
12276 Pellaea breweri      "Brewer's cliff brake" same section
12271 Penstemon cyananthus  var. cyananthus   "Wasatch beardtongue" same section
12265 Penstemon whippleanus      "Whipple's beardtongue" same section
12283 Petrophytum caespitosum      "rockmat" same section
12286 Physaria garrettii      "Garrett's bladderpod" same section
18075 Physaria occidentalis  var. occidentalis   "western bladderpod" same section
01869 Physocarpus malvaceus      "mallow ninebark" 1.5 mi. E
15438 Physocarpus malvaceus      "mallow ninebark" 1.1 mi. E
01861 Physocarpus malvaceus      "mallow ninebark" 1.5 mi. E
01866 Polemonium foliosissimum  var. alpinum   "alpine Jacob's-ladder" 1.5 mi. E
12267 Polygonum bistortoides      "American bistort" same section
15437 Populus tremuloides      "quaking aspen" 1.1 mi. E
12284 Rorippa curvipes  var. truncata   "bluntleaf yellowcress" same section
15279 Rubus parviflorus      "thimbleberry" 1.3 mi. E
03027 Salix scouleriana      "Scouler's willow" 1.3 mi. E
01859 Scrophularia lanceolata      "spear-leaf figwort" 1.5 mi. E
01880 Sedum debile      "orpine stonecrop" 2327 ft. N
12278 Sedum lanceolatum      "spearleaf stonecrop" same section
12272 Senecio multilobatus      "lobeleaf groundsel" same section
12274 Senecio streptanthifolius      "Rocky Mountain groundsel" same section
12275 Silene douglasii      "Douglas's catchfly" same section
12285 Silene menziesii      "Menzies' campion" same section
15258 Solanum dulcamara      "climbing nightshade" 1.7 mi. N
12273 Solidago multiradiata      "Rocky Mountain goldenrod" same section
12282 Solidago multiradiata      "Rocky Mountain goldenrod" same section
12281 Stenotus acaulis      "stemless goldenweed" same section
18140 Synthyris pinnatifida      "featherleaf kittentails" 2166 ft. SW
01867 Vicia americana  var. americana   "American vetch" 1.5 mi. E
01858 Vicia americana  var. americana   "American vetch" 1.5 mi. E
01864 Viola nuttallii      "Nuttall's violet" 1.5 mi. E


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Freedom Peak (Summit) Utah County, UT 1 mi. SE   Bridal Veil Falls 
Fourth Hole (Basin) Utah County, UT 1.3 mi. SE 9436  Bridal Veil Falls 
Dry Fork (Stream) Utah County, UT 1.4 mi. W   Bridal Veil Falls 
Burnt Hollow (Valley) Utah County, UT 1.4 mi. W   Bridal Veil Falls 
Third Hole (Basin) Utah County, UT 1.4 mi. E 9229  Bridal Veil Falls 
Provo Peak (Summit) Utah County, UT 1.9 mi. S 10844  Springville 
Rock Canyon Picnic Area (Locale) Utah County, UT 1.7 mi. W 6907  Bridal Veil Falls 
Cold Spring (Spring) Utah County, UT 2 mi. SW 8153  Springville 
Lightning Peak (Summit) Utah County, UT 1.9 mi. E 10020  Bridal Veil Falls 
Second Right Fork Rock Canyon (Valley) Utah County, UT 1.9 mi. W   Springville 
Second Hole (Basin) Utah County, UT 2 mi. E 8852  Bridal Veil Falls 
Bald Knoll (Summit) Utah County, UT 2.1 mi. SE 9147  Bridal Veil Falls 
First Hole (Basin) Utah County, UT 2.3 mi. E 8718  Bridal Veil Falls 
Corral Mountain (Summit) Utah County, UT 3 mi. S 10289  Springville 
Big Spring (Spring) Utah County, UT 3 mi. N 6595  Bridal Veil Falls 
Windy Pass (Gap) Utah County, UT 2.4 mi. E 8921  Bridal Veil Falls 
Second Left Fork Rock Canyon (Valley) Utah County, UT 2.4 mi. W   Bridal Veil Falls 
First Right Fork Rock Canyon (Valley) Utah County, UT 2.5 mi. W   Springville 
First Left Fork Rock Canyon (Valley) Utah County, UT 2.5 mi. W   Bridal Veil Falls 
Cascade Mountain (Summit) Utah County, UT 3 mi. NW 10817  Bridal Veil Falls 


Taxon Links for species Polygonum bistortoides  Pursh

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

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