West Highland Flora

Curled Dock


Rumex crispus

 

Rumex crispus

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common on the shore and fairly frequent inland along roadsides or in waste ground.

Petals enclosing fruit c 3.5-5.5 mm long.

ID: Fruit enclosed by 3 hardened petals that each have a white tubercle and do not have projecting teeth.  Leaf-blades long and narrow (even those near the base, when full-grown, over 4x as long as broad) with margins undulating up and down.  Whorls of fruit crowded together as shown.

Other features: Wood Dock and Clustered Dock may also have all 3 petals with tubercles, but their petals are only c 3 mm long, and their inflorescence has a totally different appearance being well-branched, sparsely whorled, and altogether delicate-looking compared to the robust and crowded look of this species.

 

  Rumex crispus

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2001 Broadford, Skye
 

 
  Plant burgeoning with fresh fruit
 
 
     
  Rumex crispus

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2001 Broadford, Skye
 

 
  More advanced plant with fruiting stems withered and fresh leaves sprouting at base.  
     

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