|Scientific Name||Rumex crispus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RUCR|
|Common Name||Curly Dock, Yellow Dock||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||20937|
|Description||Habitat: Moist meadows, along streams, disturbed areas, woodside edges, along roadsides and ditches; widespread.
Plant: Conspicuous, coarse-looking, leafy, erect perennial, 16 to 40 inches high; smooth branches.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves, alternate, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate leaves, 6 to 14 inches long and 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches wide; edges curled, bases wedge-shaped (cuneate).
Inflorescence: Vertical spike-like panicles with many clusters of 10 to 25 flowers arranged in whorls, greenish-white/red turning rose-red later and maturing into reddish-brown seed heads; each flower about 1/8-inch long consisting of 3 inner sepals, 3 outer sepals, 3 styles, and an ovary; inner sepals (tepals) ovate-deltoid with mostly smooth edges, tubercules present.
Bloom Period: Spring, summer and fall.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, Illinois Wildflowers and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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