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Rumex maritimus - L.

Common Name Golden Dock
Family Polygonaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].
Habitats Bare muddy ground by lakes, reservoir margins, dried up ponds and occasionally in damp grassy places[17], often by the coast[50].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain and the Caucasus.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rumex maritimus Golden Dock


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rumex maritimus is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from June to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Rumex fueginus Phil. Rumex persicarioides L.

Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[177]. Seed - cooked[257]. It can be ground into a powder then mixed with water and cooked like porridge[257].

Medicinal Uses



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Aphrodisiac;  Astringent;  Carminative.

The leaves are applied externally to burns[240]. The seeds are aphrodisiac[240]. They contain about 5% tannin[240]. The plant is cooling[240]. an infusion is used to treat bloat[257].

Other Uses

Dye.

Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant[168].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils but prefers a deep fertile moderately heavy soil that is humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained and a position in full-sun or part shade[200]. Plants are likely to require a moist to wet soil. Closely related to R. palustris[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Ramachandran   Fri Nov 28 2008

Where can we get the extract in India?

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