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Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Rumex crispus

Dock, Curly (Yellow Dock)

'Curly' leaf edges

Plant TypeForb
Life CycleAnnual
Flower Colorgreen
HabitatSunny fields.
DescriptionA plant with long wavy edged leaves which give this plant its name. This plant is usually low growing but I have seen examples up to six feet in heigh in ideal conditions. The flowers are green and unremarkable, giving way to triangular seeds encased in papery winged husks.
EdibilityThe leaves can be eatern raw or cooked. Younger, smaller leaves tend to be less bitter, especially early in the season. The seeds can be seperated from the chaff (a time consuming process) and eaten or ground into flower and used as a component in other foods.