Species

Rumex crispus

Etymology

Rumex: sorrel

Common Name(s)

curled dock

Family

Polygonaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

RUMCRI

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Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Similar Taxa

Perennial with large, yellow, somewhat branched taproot, reproducing by seed. Stems smooth, erect 0.3 to 1.2 m tall, single or in groups from the root crown. Leaves mostly basal, smooth, 15 to 30 cm long, lanceolate, with wavy curled edges. Upper leaves alternate, the base of the short petiole having a papery sheath surrounding the stem. Flowers in dense clusters on branches at tip of stem, without petals, small, greenish, becoming reddish-brown at maturity. (Wax, Fawcett and Isely 1981).

Flower Colours

Brown,Green

Year Naturalised

1832

Origin

Europe, N. Africa, W. Asia

Reproduction
seed

Seed
Seeds brown, shiny, triangular, and sharp-edged, surrounded with 3 heart shaped bracts with smooth edges. greenish, becoming reddish-brown at maturity.

This page last updated on 5 May 2011