|Coarse, homely plant, about 4-5 feet tall.
Lower leaves oblong egg-shaped, pointed, heart-shaped at the base, with curly edges, often with red or reddish veins.
Flowers in small clusters on a long flowerstalk at the top of
the plant. Flowers tiny, green. Fruits tiny,
reddish, with three spiny wings surrounding a seed.
Alien weed of
fields and waste places. Common in the field at the
south end of the Park, and occasional along the road and
A distinctive plant in the Park, easily recognized by it's overall aspect and its broad leaves.
Curled dock (R. crispus) is similar, but the leaves are narrow and the fruits have no spines. Field or red sorrel (R. acetosella) looks like a very
miniature version of curled dock, being only about a foot tall.
Other species of dock (Rumex) can be distinguished by
leaf and fruit characteristics; however, they have not been
reported yet in the Park.