Rumex crispus L.
Curled Dock

Sp.Pl. 1:335 (1753)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect perennial, herb, 0.2-1(-1.5) m high. Fl. green, Jun to Dec. Sandy & clayey soils. Disturbed areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 15 May 2007


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Mardabilla, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Augusta Margaret River, Beverley, Boddington, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Busselton, Canning, Chapman Valley, Chittering, Cockburn, Collie, Cottesloe, Cranbrook, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Denmark, Dundas, Esperance, Gingin, Gnowangerup, Gosnells, Jerramungup, Kent, Kondinin, Lake Grace, Mandurah, Manjimup, Melville, Murray, Narrogin, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Stirling, Swan, Wagin, Wanneroo, West Arthur.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Perennial. Reproduction. Primarily seed, also root fragments. Dispersal. Animals, soil, machinery. Seedbank persistence. 20+ years.

Additional information. Origin. Europe and Asia.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray with 1% glyphosate in early bud stage, cultivation of older plants will spread root fragments. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.


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