Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Fiddle Dock - Rumex pulcher   L.
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DistributionA curious distribution in NC: mostly in the inner Coastal Plain; disjunct to Lincoln, Catawba, and Polk counties in the upper Piedmont. A specimen from Avery County proves to be R. obtusifolius.

Native of the Mediterranean region; in N.A. MA-NY-PA-KY-MO-OK, south to FL-TX; also OR-CA-NV-AZ.
AbundanceRare to uncommon in the upper Coastal Plain; rare in the southwestern Piedmont. No records yet for elsewhere in the state.
HabitatRoadsides, railroad margins, fields, thickets, poor soil, waste ground, alluvial woods, lawn weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-August.
IdentificationFiddle Dock is one of only a few docks with toothed fruits, as in R. obtusifolius, but that species is more robust and its inflorescence branches are strongly ascending (vs. spreading in R. pulcher). The spreading inflorescences resemble those of R. conglomeratus, but that species lacks teeth on the fruits.
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