Rumex sagittatus Thunb.

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Rumex sagittatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Genaina

Rumex sagittatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd at Bunga Forest.

Rumex sagittatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd at Bunga Forest.

Rumex sagittatus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd at Bunga Forest.

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Synonyms: Rumex abyssinicus sensu Eyles non Jacq.
Rumex burchellii Campd.
Rumex pseudoscutatus Dinter
Common names: Scrambling dock (English)
Status: Native
Perennial, scrambling or climbing, dioecious herb. Stems annual, up to 2 m long, hollow, flexuous. Leaves petiolate; lamina 4-10 × 3-5 cm, triangular; base hastate-sagittate; apex acute. Inflorescence a leafless terminal panicle. Flowers unisexual borne in few-flowered whorls. Inner perianth segments pale brown to pink or coral-red, wing-like in fruit; base deeply cordate. Nut pale brown, shiny.
Notes: The stems and fruit may turn coral-red and make a colourful display.
Derivation of specific name: sagittatus: arrow-shaped, sagittate.
Habitat: Along the margins of forest and woodland, and in bracken scrub, where it climbs and scrambles over other vegetation.
Flowering time:(Jan-)Feb - Apr (-Jul)
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Malawi southwards to South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 68.

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 42 - 44. (Includes a picture).

Rechinger, K.H. (1954). Monograph of the Genus Rumex in Africa Botaniska Notiser Supplement 3(3) Pages 45 - 47.

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Flora of Malawi: Rumex sagittatus
Flora of Mozambique: Rumex sagittatus
Flora of Zambia: Rumex sagittatus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rumex sagittatus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rumex sagittatus
African Plant Database: Rumex sagittatus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rumex sagittatus
JSTOR Plant Science: Rumex sagittatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rumex sagittatus
Plants of the World Online: Rumex sagittatus
Tropicos: Rumex sagittatus
Wikipedia: Rumex sagittatus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Rumex sagittatus., retrieved 19 May 2024

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