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Common name: Curled Dock
Rumex crispus L. APNI*
Description: Robust perennial 50–150 cm high, erect.
Basal and lower stem leaves petiolate, petiole shorter than lamina; lamina lanceolate, to 30 cm long and 6 cm wide, undulate, apex acute, base cuneate.
Inflorescence branches usually erect; whorls close together, rarely lowermost subtended by a leaf; whorls many-flowered. Fruiting valves 3.5–6 mm long and wide, with callosity small and not covering most of valve surface. Fruiting pedicels 3–7 mm long, thin, longer than valves, articulate in lowest quarter.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Eur. & SW Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Weed of cultivation and pasture. See also Weeds in Australia profile compiled by K.L. Wilson & P.G. Kodela (2007).
Text by K. L. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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