Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Curly Dock - Rumex crispus   L.
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Section 6 » Order Polygonales » Family Polygonaceae
DistributionThroughout the state; probably occurs in every county.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. essentially throughout.
AbundanceFrequent to common throughout.
HabitatDry to moist soils in a wide variety of sites: roadsides, railroad margins, ditches, cropfields, old fields, meadows, clearings, thickets, disturbed ground, waste places, farms, yard weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-July.
IdentificationCurly Dock grows to about 3 feet tall. The basal leaves are long and narrowly elliptical, becoming much smaller upstem. The margins of all leaves are finely toothed and distinctly wavy -- characters that together separate it from other Rumex species. In addition, the fruits have 1 large and 2 small tubercles (vs. a single tubercle in R. patienta).
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State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, May 2015. HokePhoto_non_natural
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