Rumex pulcher L. - Fiddle Dock
Family - Polygonaceae
One node of the inflorescence.
Flowering - April - June.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, roadsides.
Origin - Native to Europe.
Other information - This introduced species can be found scattered throughout Alabama and is robably much more common than is reported. The plant can be identified by its densely pubescent (at least basally) stems, its pubescent leaves, its widely spreading inflorescence branches, and its pectinate fruits. The fruits of the plant are quite attractive close-up.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 51, Auburn, AL., 4-30-06, and off Hwy 26, Seale, AL., 6-4-06.