|Coarse, homely plant, about 4-5 feet tall.
Leaves lance-shaped, long, pointed, with very curly edges.
Flowers in small clusters on a long flowerstalk at the top of
the plant. Flowers tiny, green. Fruits tiny,
greenish or reddish, three flat 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 its overall aspect and its narrow leaves.
Bitter dock (R. obtusifolius) is similar but has wide leaves and spiny fruits. Field or red sorrel (Rumex 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.