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Rumex crispus

Oseille Crépue
Curly Dock

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

green

Flower size

3.5-6 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

50-100 cm

Description

Very similar to Rumex obtusifolius except that the calyx of Rumex crispus has smooth margins.

Flowers

Each flower stalk has numerous whorls of 10-25 slender stalked male, female, or both male and female flowers, tinged yellow to pink, 3-sided, with two series of petals, outer ones smaller than the inner.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Long, pointed, with serrated or undulated margins, wrinkled.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a string of small dry 1-seeded fruit. The seed is 3 edged, glossy and red, surrounded by valves, 1 mm across.

Edible

The new leaves have an acidic taste and are used for culinary purposes, not recommended for those who suffer from rheumatism, arthritis, gout and kidney stones.

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