Marsh Dock - Rumex palustris


Often rather upright with whorls of yellow-green flowers.  Key features for identification are the colour of the mature inflorescence late in the season, or the anther length early in the season and the obtuse tepals. Lower leaves lanceolate, tapered to the base, upper leaves linear.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good photographs required. 


Wet, nutrient-rich mud exposed in summer and autumn, most often in marshes and beside ponds and ditches, but also in clay- and gravel-pits and on damp disturbed ground.

When to see it

In flower during June, July, August and September.

Life History

An annual, biennial or short-lived perennial.

UK Status

Local and occasional in much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent and quite scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be increasing.

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

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