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Wiry Dock - native (Rumex dumosus)

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Family: Polygonaceae (Dock, Persicaria family).

Native of Australia.

Occurrence: A widespread and fairly common dock on basalt and alluvial plains.


The wiry branched habit, the triangular fruit, and the (usually) leafless flower clusters are distinctive. Other docks with triangular, toothed fruit are sparsely branched.. Other much-branched docks have leafy flower clusters and rounded fruit.

Photos: Above R: Branch of Wiry Dock. The flower clusters are almost leafless, the fruit are triangular, and it is a much-branched dock. Castlemaine. Below: Close-up of flower clusters.