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This is one of the successful herbaceous wild flowers which have invaded our verges and hedgerows as they have become richer in nitrogenous fertiliser seeping from arable land. Of all the common docks Rumex obtusifolius is the most invasive putting some more infamous quick spreading aliens like Impatiens glandulifera (Indian Balsam) or Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed) to shame. Whole fields have been invaded by it in our part of Cheshire so that there is less than 50% grass left for grazing animals.

Rumex obtusifolius is one of commonest British native plants. It is found on all the islands including the outer ones of St Kilda and Shetland.

Rumex obtusifolius

Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved Dock

Helsby, Cheshire 18th September 2009

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Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved Dock

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