Rumex venosus (Sand Dock) - photos and description

Rumex venosus

Rumex venosus

Rumex venosus

Rumex venosus

Rumex venosus

General: Perennials with a spreading growth habit, stems leafy. Rhizomatous, forming large colonies. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers are greenish and minute (not shown).

Fruit: Calyx enlarges when in fruit, the fruit is a three-sided achene, each side is known as a valve. Fruit greenish-pink to red in colour, the valves orbicular, we measured a valve to 2 cm wide and long.

Leaves: Leaves are elliptical, entire, waxy to touch. We measured a leaf at 11 cm long and 4 cm wide.

Height: Height listed in Flora of Alberta to 40 cm, I measured plants growing to 32 cm tall.

Habitat: Sandy soil in southwest Saskatchewan.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos June 4th growing in a ditch about 300 km west of our home in Regina, SK.