2195.000 Rumex L. - Docks

Rechinger, K.H. (1954) Monograph of the Genus Rumex in Africa Botaniska Notiser Supplement 3(3)

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs. Ochreae present. Inflorescences terminal and axillary racemes or panicles with whorled flowers. Flowers bisexual or unisexual. Perianth segments in two whorls of 3, the outer always small and thin. Inner perianth segments enlarging and usually becoming hard in fruit, with or without swollen corky tubercles on their midribs. Nuts triquetrous, enclosed within the inner perianth segments.

Worldwide: 200 species in temperate areas, especially northern temperate

Malawi: 4 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Eicochrysops hippocrates (White-tipped blue)
Hippotion celerio (Silver-striped hawk, Vine hawk)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinicus Jacq.N,C,SDescription, Image
nepalensis Spreng.N,C,S
sagittatus Thunb.N,SDescription, Image
usambarensis (Engl. ex Dammer) DammerNDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Rumex:

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Flora of Botswana: Rumex
Flora of Mozambique: Rumex
Flora of Zambia: Rumex
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rumex
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rumex

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rumex
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rumex
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rumex
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rumex
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Rumex
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rumex
JSTOR Plant Science: Rumex
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rumex
Plants of the World Online: Rumex
Tropicos: Rumex
Wikipedia: Rumex

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Rumex.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=514, retrieved 22 September 2023

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