Golden Dock - Rumex maritimus


Low to short erect plant which is golden yellow in fruit.

Similar Species

Rumex palustris has been recorded in VC55

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Tubercles yellow, valves with fine slender teeth

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.


Only found in wetland habitats such as pond and reservoir margins, and with a preference for bare, muddy ground e.g in the draw-down zone of reservoirs.

When to see it

Flowering June to early October.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread though rather local in England, fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 18 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native; scarce, but apparently spreading.  On the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

Further Information

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map