Taxon: Rumex obtusifolius L.

Genus: Rumex
Family: Polygonaceae
  Subfamily: Polygonoideae
      Tribe: Rumiceae
Nomen number: 32541
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:335. 1753
Name Verified on: 10-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • bitter dock  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • broadleaf dock  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • patience sauvage  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Gemüse-Ampfer  (Source: pers. comm.) - German
  • stumpfblättriger Ampfer  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • romice a foglie lunghe  (Source: pers. comm.) - Italian
  • língua-de-vaca-amarga  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • labaça-de-vaca-amarga  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • romaza de hojas grandes  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • vinagrillo  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • tomtskräppa  (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn) - Swedish
  • dun ye suan mo  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Azerbaijan; Georgia
    • China: China - Anhui, - Gansu, - Hebei, - Hubei, - Hunan, - Jiangsu, - Jiangxi, - Shaanxi, - Shandong, - Sichuan, - Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Iran; Turkey
  • Europe

    • East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation-European part - European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd. elsewhere


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Check other web resources for Rumex obtusifolius L. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image