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Marsh Dock

Rumex palustris

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Biennial or Perennial
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Ditches, marshes, mud, waterside, wetland.

Flower:
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Red, no petals
 
The inflorescence is a whorl of reddish-brown flowers.
Fruit:
Flat roundish fruits with 3 large oblong warts. The fruits are well-toothed. Fruits are similar in appearance to Golden Dock (Rumex maritimus) but do not turn yellow in autumn and the teeth are shorter.
Leaves:
Marsh Dock is an annual or short-lived perennial. The leaves are narrow and pointed (lance-shaped), alternate up the stems. It is similar in appearance to Golden Dock (Rumex maritimus).
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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