Rumex obtusifolius L.

Bitter Dock

Rumex obtusifolius plant

Family - Polygonaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Rumex obtusifolius stemStem at a node.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Rumex obtusifolius leaf

Rumex obtusifolius young plantYoung plant in the spring.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Rumex obtusifolius inflorescencePortion of inflorescence.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Rumex obtusifolius fruitFruit close-up.

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.