Polygonaceae
Rumex occidentalis

Western Dock

Erect. Stem single, stout, often tinted red, unbranched below inflorescence. Basal leaves numerous, leathery, heart- to lance-shaped, with heart-shaped or square base, edge more or less curled; smaller leaves along stem from base into bottom of inflorescence. Flowers pink or green held in dense clusters on upper, branched stems. Grows throughout North America in wet or vernal-wet ponds, salty wet places, at low to mid elevations.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 36--60 inches
  • Habitat: Vernal Wet, Coastal, Bog/Fen/Wetland
  • Found In: Steens, Mt. Rainier NP, East Gorge, West Gorge, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes