Golden Dock - Rumex maritimus
Low to short erect plant which is golden yellow in fruit.
Rumex palustris has been recorded in VC55
Tubercles yellow, valves with fine slender teeth
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.
Flowering June to early October.
Widespread though rather local in England, fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.
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
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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