All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Curly Dock; Curled Dock</strong>
<em>Rumex crispus*</em> /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family<br>
This is a very common roadside "weed." It is not an especially beautiful flower, but the seeds are important wildlife food. A small black beetle lays i...
Curly Dock; Curled Dock
Rumex crispus* /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family

This is a very common roadside "weed." It is not an especially beautiful flower, but the seeds are important wildlife food. A small black beetle lays its eggs on the leaves, it is not uncommon to see the larvae eating aphids. I photographed this one during a run at the recycle center in Oak Ridge in late April. I take my camera everywhere, I never know where a flower I don't have will pop up! Dock leaves are poisonous to sheep and cattle due to the soluble oxilates.
Perennial
Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread

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