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Rumex vesicarius - L.

Common Name Bladder 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 Wadis in hot desert areas in Israel.
Range S. Europe - Greece. W. Asia. N. Africa.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rumex vesicarius Bladder Dock


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Rumex vesicarius is a ANNUAL. It is in flower in May. 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 and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[46, 61, 105]. An acid flavour[183], they are used like sorrel as a flavouring in salads or as a spinach[2].

Medicinal Uses

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Aperient  Astringent  Diuretic

The leaves are aperient, astringent, diuretic and cooling[240]. The seed is cooling. It is roasted and used in the treatment of dysentery[240]. The juice of the plant is cooling[240]. It is useful in treating heat of the stomach, to allay the pain of toothache and, by its astringent properties, to check nausea[240].

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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, preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Cultivated for its edible leaves in Indonesia and occasionally sold in local markets there[183].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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