Rumex obtusifolius L.

Bitter Dock

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STATS

Introduced
CC = *
CW = -3
MOC = 30

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Family - Polygonaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Rumex_obtusifolius_node.jpg Stem at a node.

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Leaves - No info. yet.

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Rumex_obtusifolius_basals.jpg Young plant in the spring.

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Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Rumex_obtusifolius_inflorescence.jpg Portion of inflorescence.

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Flowers - No info. yet.

Rumex_obtusifolius_fruit.jpg Fruit close-up.

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Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Fields, gardens, waste ground, disturbed sites, damp woods, gravel bars, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This big species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant is rather large but not quite as stout as the related R. crispus L.
R. obtusifolius can be easily identified in the field because of it big cordate leaves, which have crisped margins. Often, the veins of the lower leaves are red.

Photographs taken in Vale, NC., 3-15-03, and at Pultite Spring, MO., 6-27-04.