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Rumex dentatus

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolygonaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: BUCKWHEAT FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub [tree]. Stem: nodes swollen or not. Leaf: simple, basal or cauline, generally alternate; ocreae present or 0, generally scarious, persistent or not. Inflorescence: flower clusters in axillary to terminal cyme-, panicle-, raceme-, spike-, umbel- or head-like arrangements, entire inflorescence or main inflorescence branches generally subtended by bracts ("inflorescence bracts"); peduncles present or 0; flower clusters in Eriogoneae-Eriogonoideae subtended by involucre of >= 1 free or +- fused, sometimes awn-tipped bracts ("involucre bracts") or, in Polygonoideae and rarely in Eriogonoideae, not (if bracts completely fused, involucre "tubular"); pedicels in Eriogoneae each often subtended by 2 free, transparent, linear bractlets or in Polygonoideae all subtended by 2+ fused, membranous, wide bractlets. Flower: generally bisexual, small, 1--200 per node; perianth parts 2--6, generally in 2 whorls, free or basally fused, generally petal-like, often +- concave adaxially, often darker at midvein, often turning +- red or +- brown in age; stamens [1]3 or 6--9 in 2 whorls; ovary superior, 1-chambered, ovule 1, styles 1--3. Fruit: achenes, included in or exserted from perianth, generally 3-angled, ovoid or elliptic, generally glabrous.
Genera In Family: 48 genera, +- 1200 species: worldwide, especially northern temperate; some cultivated for food (Coccoloba, sea-grape; Fagopyrum, Rheum, Rumex) or ornamental (Antigonon, lovechain; Coccoloba; Muehlenbeckia; Persicaria; Polygonum), a few timbered (Coccoloba; Triplaris). Several (Emex; Fallopia; Persicaria; Polygonum; Rumex) are weeds. Note: Treatment of genera in Eriogonoideae based on monographic work of James L. Reveal. Involucre number throughout is number (1--many) per ultimate grouping, at tips of ultimate branches; flower number is per flower cluster or involucre, unless otherwise stated. Fagopyrum esculentum Moench not naturalized, considered an historical waif (or garden weed +- presently), therefore not treated.
eFlora Treatment Author: Mihai Costea, except as noted
Genus: RumexView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: DOCK
Habit: Annual to perennial herb; glabrous or papillate and hairy; rhizomed, stoloned, or generally from taproot with a short caudex; occasionally dioecious. Stem: prostrate, decumbent, or generally erect to ascending, often +- ridged, red-brown in fruit, nodes +- swollen. Leaf: generally basal and cauline, alternate, petioled except uppermost cauline; ocreae deciduous to persistent. Inflorescence: axillary or generally terminal, generally panicle-like. Flower: generally bisexual, bell-shaped, glabrous, green, +- pink, or red; perianth lobes 6, persistent, in fruit outer 3 +- inconspicuous, inner 3 enlarged, hardened, +- veiny, covering fruit, midrib of 1--3 often expanded into tubercle; stamens 6; stigmas 3, fringed. Fruit: achene, glabrous, +- black or dark brown to +- red.
Species In Genus: 190--200 species: +- worldwide, 63 in North America. Etymology: (Latin: sorrel) Note: Mature inner perianth lobes generally needed for identification. Species often hybridize.
eFlora Treatment Author: Scott Simono

Rumex dentatus L.
NATURALIZED
Habit: Annual (biennial), glabrous; taproot vertical, fusiform. Stem: erect, < 7(8) dm, slender, often bending in flower, generally branched above middle, occasionally from base. Leaf: blade 3--8(12) cm, 2--5 cm wide, lance-oblong to ovate-elliptic, base +- cordate to truncate or tapered, margin entire, flat to +- wavy, tip obtuse to +- acute. Inflorescence: terminal, open, interrupted, branches generally straight, ascending; whorls 10--20-flowered; pedicels 2--5 mm, thread-like, joints swollen. Flower: inner perianth lobes 3--5.5(6) mm, 2--3 mm wide except teeth, triangular-ovate or deltate, base truncate, margin generally dentate with teeth 2--4(5), 1--3(5) mm, generally <= width of lobe, generally on both sides, narrowly triangular, tip +- acute; tubercles (1)3, +- equal, lanceolate. Fruit: 2--2.8 mm, 1.4--1.8 mm wide, dark red-brown. Chromosomes: 2n=40.
Ecology: Uncommon. Wet, disturbed places, cultivated fields; Elevation: < 800 m. Bioregional Distribution: GV, PR; Distribution Outside California: Oregon, Alberta, Ontario, Missouri, Texas, Arizona; native to southeastern Europe, Asia, northern Africa. Flowering Time: May--Sep
Synonyms: Rumex dentatus subsp. klotzschianus (Meisn.) Rech. f.
eFlora Treatment Author: Scott Simono
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Citation for this treatment: Scott Simono 2016. Rumex dentatus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=42391, accessed on July 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on July 28, 2016.


Rumex dentatus
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Rumex dentatus
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Rumex dentatus
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Geographic subdivisions for Rumex dentatus:
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