An erect herb growing to a height of 90 cm. Oblong to lanceolate shaped leaves on long stalks, 5-8 small, greenish-red flowers arranged in widely spaced rings (whorls) along leafless stems.
Fruiting segments are triangular with 3-5 hooked teeth and a hooked tip. Leafless in the upper two-thrids of the plant.
Perennial. Widespread and common along rivers, creeks and wet places. Wind-pollinated. Hooked seeds are dispersed by adhesion on clothing or animal fur. Also NZ, Timor, New Guinea and Java. Introduced into Europe accidently as a contaminant on wool.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Rumex is an old Latin name for the introduced Wrinkled Sorrel Rumex rugosus which is an edible green salad vegetable.Important in indigenous medicines. Rich in Vitamin C and can be used as leafy greens but only in small amounts.
Hybridises with Narrow-leaf Dock R. tenax which has different seedpod or burr characteristics.