Docks (Rumex species – there’s a few)


Docks are all in the genus Rumex and have varying properties and effectiveness as medicinal plants. They’re related to Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and share the same sharp bite of flavour.

Docks all share a love of damp or wet places and the general way to tell them apart is by their fruit shapes which vary remarkably from species to species.There is some general variation in leaf shapes, but it’s not a great indicator.

Here’s some pics of Clustered Dock (Rumex conglomeratus) to pass the time while I photograph some more local species of  Dock –

 

Clustered Dock (Rumex conglomeratus)
Leaves of Clustered Dock (Rumex conglomeratus). Note the crinkly (crisped) edges

 

 

Clustered dock fruit. note the 3 seeds and the 3 wings and excuse the grubby fingernails
Clustered dock fruit. note the 3 seeds and the 3 wings and excuse the grubby fingernails
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