Rumex pulcher L.
subsp. pulcher

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Synonyms: Rumex suffocatus Bertol.
Common names:
Status: Introduced
Much-branched perennial herb, up to 1 m tall. Stems longitudinally ribbed. Leaves ovate-oblong, 3-16 cm long, fleshy, papillate or hairy on the veins below, slightly cordate at the base; lower leaves pandurate; upper leaves lanceolate; margin finely scalloped. Flowers bisexual in numerous many-flowered whorls, together forming a spreading branched inflorescence, 15-60 cm long, leafy at the base and naked below. Fruiting perianth segments with 6-7 long, narrow teeth. Nut dark purple-brown, shiny.
Notes: Note: Biegel 4448 is the only known record from Zimbabwe and the Flora Zambesiaca area.
Derivation of specific name: pulcher: beautiful, handsome
Habitat: Growing in wet disturbed places.
Altitude range: (metres) 1450 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe; naturalized in Western Asia, America, southern Africa and the Mascarene Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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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) Page 46.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rumex pulcher
African Plant Database: Rumex pulcher
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rumex pulcher
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rumex pulcher
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rumex pulcher
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iNaturalist: Rumex pulcher
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rumex pulcher
JSTOR Plant Science: Rumex pulcher
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rumex pulcher
Plants of the World Online: Rumex pulcher
Tropicos: Rumex pulcher
Wikipedia: Rumex pulcher

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Rumex pulcher subsp. pulcher., retrieved 30 May 2024

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