Etymology: Rumex: the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'- 3 1/2' tall, stout, often branched forb appearing shrubby
Leaves: found only along the stem, pale, flat margins, lance-like
Flowers: green, 6-parted, 1/4" wide, stalk jointed just above the base; inflorescence with a few branches in 4"-12" loose clusters; blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: wet; swamps
Conservation Status: Native
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