E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Rumex fueginus Philippi
golden dock
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems erect, solitary, freely branched, somewhat pimply and finely hairy, 20-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves reduced or lacking; stem leaves alternate, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, the margins somewhat crisped, usually slightly hairy beneath, the blades 4-10 cm long, reduced upward, the stalks short.
Inflorescence of numerous flowers in tight whorls in a large and leafy panicle, golden brown at maturity; flower stalks jointed near the base; perianth segments 1-2 mm long at flowering, the outer segments enlarging to 3-7 mm long including the long-tapering, sharp tips, each segment with 2-4 slender teeth 2-5 mm long and also usually with a prominent, narrow, grain-like swelling.
Achenes brown, smooth, shiny, 1.5-2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to wet shorelines or marshes in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC, disjunct in NW BC (Dease Lake) and NE BC (Peace River area); circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NS and S to NC, AR, TX, NM, AZ and CA; Eurasia, S America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Rumex maritimus L.

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