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Rumex brownii

Slender Dock

Erect few-branched perennial herb with leaves mainly at the base of stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyPolygonaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1 m high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesOblong to narrowly egg-shaped leaves on long stalks, 5-20 cm x 1-6 cm, sometimes constricted above the heart-shaped to wedge-shaped base. Margins curled.
  • Flower colourBecoming red
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersRings of 5-8 tiny flowers widely spaced along the stem. Triangular fruiting valves have prominent network of veins and 3-5 strongly hooked teeth on margins, tip also hooked.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils in low-lying areas and along watercourses. Full sun to dappled shade. Plants often die down to the rootstock in summer, regrowing in spring.
  • Garden useMoist to wet positions, tolerating inundation.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Colleen Miller ©; 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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