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Fagopyrum, genus Fagopyrum(noun)
buckwheat; in some classifications included in the genus Polygonum
a genus of plants of the buckwheat family, including the buckwheat Fagopyrum esculentum; in some classifications included in the genus Polygonum.
The genus Fagopyrum in the flowering plant family Polygonaceae contains 15 to 16 species of plants, including two important crop plants, buckwheat or Japanese buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum, and Tartary buckwheat, Fagopyrum tataricum. They have similar uses, and are classed as pseudocereals, i.e. they are used in the same way as cereals but do not belong to the grass family Poaceae. Within Fagopyrum, the cultivated species are in the cymosum group, with F. cymosum L., F. giganteum and F. homotropicum. This genus has five-petaled flowers arranged in a compound raceme that produces laterally flowered cymose clusters.
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A plant genus of the family POLYGONACEAE that is used as a cereal grain. Although the seeds are used as cereal, the plant is not one of the cereal grasses (POACEAE).
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