Etymology: Rumex: the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 5' tall, stout forb; stems unbranched below the inflorescence, often reddish; taprooted
Leaves: large, edges curled, larger ones with rounded to heart-shaped base
Flowers: yellow to greenish, 6-parted, stalk jointed near the base; inflorescence 10" branched clusters becoming dense with age and interspersed with a few small leaves; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dark brown, dry seed
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive
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