Clustered Dock - Rumex conglomeratus

    Description

    Medium to tall erect plant. Stems zig-zagged, leaves oblong, round at base, long stalked (as long as leaf blade); the upper leaves narrower and pointed. The flowers in rather distant clusters, forming a much branched panicle. Flowering branches leafy, almost to the top. Fruit valves oval, untoothed all swollen.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    all 3 tubercles well-developed, tubercles oblong and smooth

    Recording advice

    The fruits have a central part, triangular in cross-section, with three membraneous valves surrounding a small, hard 'tubercle'.  The shape and arrangement of valves and tubercles is diagnostic, and close-up photos of fruits and leaves/general habit is needed.

    Habitat

    Damp grassy habitats, marshy meadows, ditches and stream banks.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain, but more local in the north and in Wales

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 384 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, Frequent

    Further Information

    http://www.kenadams.org.uk/esb/Docks.htm

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map