Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
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Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
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Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 01
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 01)  Curled dock can grow up to four feet in height.  The tiny flowers of the curled dock are green, which turn a rich brown after they go to seed. The whitish dots in the center of the individual flowers are reflected light.  They bloom from June to August.  The curled dock gets its common name from its dark color (Old English "docce") when it goes to seed, and from the wavy and curled lanceolate leaf edges.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 03
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 03)  This is a small patch of curled dock that was growing just off the side of the road.  Their many tiny flowers grow in a raceme.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 04
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 04)  This is a photo of young curled dock.  The young curled leaves of the curled dock were eaten as a green vegetable.  George Washington Carver used the young curled dock stems as a rhubarb substitute in pies.  The leaves were also made into a tea and taken as a spring tonic and mild laxative.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 05
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 05)  The leaves of the curled dock grow alternately along the stem.  The tiny curled dock flowers grow in clusters and droop downward on individual stems.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 06
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 06)  This is a close up view of some of the curled dock flowers.  The shiny green structure in the center of each flower is the ovary.  This is just another of God's very interesting creations.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 06a
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 06a)  This is another close-up of the tiny curled dock flowers.
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 07)  Until we took these photos, we were unaware of the detail of the curled dock flowers.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 07a
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 07a)  These macro-photographic images help us to better understand the nature and beauty of the curled dock, a member of the buckwheat family.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 08
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 08)  Most people recognize curled dock in its dried, brown-colored state.  These dried beauties are often incorporated into dried flower arrangements.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 09
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 09)  This is a close-up of the top of one of the dried curled dock.  The developed seeds can also be seen clearly.
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 10
(Curled Dock (Rumex crispus) - 10)  In this close up photo, we can see more of the detail of the seeds and the dried petals or bracts, which resemble tiny stained glass windows when the sunlight shines through them.

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