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Common name: Swamp Dock
Rumex brownii Campd. APNI*
Synonyms: Rumex alcockii Rech.f. APNI*
Description: Perennial 50–80 cm high, stems slender, erect, with a few elongate leafless branches.
Basal leaves variable in shape and size, oblong or lanceolate, usually fiddle-shaped, to 12 cm long, to 4 cm wide, apex acute to subobtuse, base cordate to truncate, petiole about half as long as to equalling lamina; stem leaves few, small, confined to lowest third of stem.
Flower whorls with 5–8 flowers, distant, without subtending leaves. Valves 2.5–4 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, with 3–5 hooked teeth on each side and with a hooked tip. Fruiting pedicels thin, c. as long as valves, articulate in lowest third.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of lawns and pastures.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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