Rumex species

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Scientific Name Rumex hastatulus USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUHA2
Common Name Heartwing Sorrel ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20938
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Moist or dry areas in disturbed areas, meadows, waste areas and roadsides.
Plant: Erect perennial, single or multiple stems, 4 to 16 inches tall; branching in upper 2/3.
Leaves: Mostly basal, few stem leaves, various shapes, obovate-oblong, ovate-lanceolate, or lanceolate; basal leaves often hastate with spreading lobes; 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Male and female flowers on separate plants; racemes of flowers on upper 1/3 of stems; flowers clustered in multiple whorls of 3 to 6 blossoms on short (less than 1/8-inch long) pedicels, spaced along stem; each small flower with no petals but 6 round or heart-shaped pinkish to greenish to red tepals (wings); short white stamens on male plants.
Reference: Excerpts from SEINet, "Forest Plants and Their Uses" by Miller, and "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States…".
Texas Status
Introduced
Scientific Name Rumex pulcher USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUPU3
Common Name Fiddle Dock ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20942
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Moist or dry areas along roadsides, streambanks, waste areas.
Plant: Erect perennial, 8 to 24 inches tall; upper portion very flexible.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves, various shapes, including oblong, oblong-ovate, sometimes broadly lanceolate, and fiddle-shaped; 1-1/2 to 4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Large panicle of flower clusters on upper 2/3 of plant, 10 to 20 blossoms grouped together in whorls spaced along stem; each small flower with triangular tepals; larger seed pod with toothed wings (valves) below a whitish tubercule.
Reference: Excerpts from SEINet, Jepson eFlora, Catnapin.com, and Wikipedia.
Texas Status
Introduced

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