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Rumex mexicanus - Meisn.

Common Name Mexican Dock
Family Polygonaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].
Habitats Rich soils, occasionally brackish[43].
Range Western N. America - Newfoundland to British Columbia, south to Maine, Texas and Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rumex mexicanus Mexican Dock


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1
Rumex mexicanus Mexican Dock

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rumex mexicanus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is not frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

R. salicifolius mexicanus. (Meisn.)C.L.Hitchc.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked[46, 61, 105, 161]. Used as greens[257]. Seed - cooked or ground into a powder and used for making gruel or added to cereal flours and used for making bread[105, 161]. The seed is rather small and fiddly to harvest.

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Hepatic;  Infertility;  Poultice.

An infusion of the leaves has been taken by childless women to help them become pregnant[257]. A strong infusion of the root has been used to help a woman become pregnant[257]. The infusion was taken four times a day (upon rising, at midday, at sunset and upon going to bed) for a month[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of sore throats[257]. A decoction of the white root has been used to regulate the menstrual cycle[257]. There is a suggestion that it was used to facilitate an abortion. A decoction of the red root has been used to treat fevers[257]. A poultice of the crushed root has been used to treat burns[257]. A decoction of the plant has been used to treat intestinal disorders and liver complaints[257]. A decoction of the plant has been used externally to treat swellings and painful joints[257].

Other Uses

Dye;  Tinder.

The dried, crushed roots have been used as a tinder[257]. Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant[168].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils, preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position. Plants succeed outdoors at Cambridge Botanical gardens and are growing well in Cornwall[K].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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