|Scientific Name||Rumex crispus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RUCR|
|Common Name||Curly Dock||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||20937|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 9500 ft); moist meadows, along streams, disturbed areas along roadsides and ditches; widespread.
Plant: Conspicuous, coarse-looking perennial, 16 to 40 inches high.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves, alternate, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate leaves, 6 to 14 inches long and 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches wide; edges curled.
Inflorescence: Vertical spike-like panicles with many clusters of 10 to 25 flowers arranged in whorls, greenish-white/red turning rose-red later and maturing into reddish-brown seed heads; each flower about 1/8-inch long consisting of 3 inner sepals, 3 outer sepals, 3 styles, and an ovary; inner sepals (tepals) ovate-deltoid with mostly smooth edges, tubercules present.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Illinois Wildflowers and SEINet.
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