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A common weed of cultivation found on disturbed or bare ground anywhere including farm fields, spoil heaps, hedgerows, waste ground, river banks, even coastal shingle beaches


 

Broad-leaved Dock: the soothing leaf

Post date: Tuesday, 4 August, 2015 - 00:00

When it comes to weeds of cultivation I guess there are few so widespread and vigorous as broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius). It is the most sturdy and imposing of the dock family with stout stems, large leaves and elongated flower spikes; it is quite easily recognised as being different to its cousins.

Broad-leaved dock can be found on disturbed or bare ground anywhere including farm fields, spoil heaps, hedgerows, waste ground, river banks, even coastal shingle beaches. Growing to over a metre tall, sometimes even bigger it can also in less favourable conditions be as small as one foot tall. The heart shaped leaves are always large being six to eight inches long. The small, yellowish brown flowers occur in whorls around the stem and can extend some distance along the stem; they are visible from May right through until October.

The leaves contain chemicals that are believed to soothe nettle stings and are used also in the treatment of burns and blisters. It is sometimes known as bitter of butter dock.


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Broad-leaved Dock
Scientific Name Rumex obtusifolius
Family Dock family - Polygonaceae
Status very common
Interest Level
1
Species Family Dock Family - Polygonaceae
Flower Colour Group Green
Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for The big broad leaves
Additional Identification Notes

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
BA: Arable farmland Associated