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

Rumex patientia L.
patience dock
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a strong taproot; stems erect, solitary to several, simple (below the inflorescence), 60-200 cm tall, smooth.
Basal leaves widely to narrowly oblong or egg-shaped, more or less rounded at the base, the margins slightly wavy, the blades 15-30 cm long, the stalks long; stem leaves alternate, several, similar to basal leaves but reduced upward.
Inflorescence of numerous flowers in a slender panicle; flower stalks jointed below midlength; outer perianth segments 1.5-2 mm long, ultimately reflexed, inner perianth segments mostly 5-9 mm long, broadly heart-shaped, net-veined, usually 1 segment with a small, grain-like swelling.
Achenes, brown, smooth, 3-3.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and disturbed sites in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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