Golden Dock - Rumex maritimus

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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

    Annual.

    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

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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map