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Family: Polygonaceae
Rumex vesicarius

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 336 (1753).

Synonymy: Acetosa vesicaria (L.)A. Löve, Rit. Landbun. Atvinn. Hask. Reykyavik ser. B, 3:108 (1948); R. roseus sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 282 (1948), non L.

Common name: Rosy dock, bladder dock, wild hop, pink dock.

Annual with stout hollow striate erect branched stems to c. 60 cm high; leaves glaucous, thick, ovate, cordate at the base, 5-10 X 2-4 cm; petioles about as long as the lamina.

Flowers mostly solitary, drooping, in racemes which form panicles 12-30 cm long; pedicels 7-8 mm long, articulate below the middle.

Fruiting perianth 16-22 mm long, 13-18 mm broad, deeply notched at each end; the valves resembling wings c. 7 mm broad, membranous, pink, reticulate, the lateral nerves ending in the continuous nerve which forms the edge of the wing; no tubercle.

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Image source: fig. 99o in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Corbett (1980) A field guide to the Flinders Ranges, pl.opp.p. 96.

Distribution:  This introduced species is well known for its spectacular displays of colour especially in the Flinders Ranges.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU, YP, SL.   Naturalised in W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.   Native to North Africa and western Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: May — Dec.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: This species and R. sagittatus are often placed in Acetosa although this has not been universally accepted.

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