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Water Dock, Rumex hydrolapathum Family: Polygonaceae
Rumex hydrolapathum     *     Water Dock / Great Water Dock

Flowering time: July-September. Perennial.

Habitat: Found growing in shallow water in fens and ditches and beside lakes, ponds, canals and rivers. Colonises damp, bare ground in fens and marshes. Most frequent in S, E and central England.

Branched, upright spikes (to 200cm) with crowded whorls of flowers, the inner tepals with short teeth at the base of long warts. The large, pointed, lanceolate-oval leaves can reach 100cm in length.


Water Dock, Rumex hydrolapathum       Water Dock, Rumex hydrolapathum


Water Dock, Rumex hydrolapathum


Water Dock, Rumex hydrolapathum
Water Dock, Rumex hydrolapathum
Studland, Dorset. September 2012

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