Rumex hastatulus

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Rumex hastatulus
Rumex hastatulus Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Polygonales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rumex
Species: R. hastatulus
Binomial name
Rumex hastatulus
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Natural range of Rumex hastatulus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Heartwing sorrel, Wild sorrel, Heartwing dock, Wild dock, Hastateleaf dock

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Acetosa hastatula (Baldwin) Á. Löve


A description of Rumex hastatulus is provided in The Flora of North America.




R. hastatulus can be found in shortleaf pine-oak forests, back sides of foredunes, scrub edges, under magnolia islands in sand dune communities, sandy areas of upland mixed forests, mesic woodlands, rocky open woods, thickets, granite outcrops, upland sandhill pond basins.[1] It can also occur along roadsides, roadside depressions, recently tilled roadsides, lawns, open fields, recently cleared areas, swampy woodland clearings, cleared creek bottoms, sandy fallow fields, old biocontrol plots, and areas of frequently disturbed soils. [1] Soils include sand, sandy loam, and loamy sand.[1]

Associated species include Liatris, Panicum, Leptoloma cognatum, Trifolium, Vicia, Linaria, Cerastium and Viola.[1]


R. hastatulus has been observed to flower from February to May with peak inflorescence in April and fruits in April.[1][2]

Herbivory and toxicology

Heavily grazed by deer.[1]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

The Rumex species can be cooked into a meal of greens or the new leaves could be pureed. In the past, it was kept as a potherb for this reason. Additionally, Native Americans would use the plant's seeds to create flour.[3]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: C. J. Hansen, C. M. Morton, John W. Carter, Jr., John W. Thieret, Delzie Demaree, Sidney McDaniel, S. B. Jones, Carleen Jones, R L Lazor, Fred B Jones, R. Kral, A. R. Diamond, Loran C. Anderson, K. Craddock Burks, Robert K. Godfrey, Jean W. Wooten, John C. Ogden, Gary R. Knight, N. J. Summerlin, D. B. Ward, R. R. Smith, B. Moore, D. Burch, Luis Almodovar, L B Trott, M. Knott, J. P. Gillespie, H. E. Grelen, Grady W. Reinert, Richard S. Mitchell, D. Burch, E. M. Hodgson, Elmer C. Prichard, Harry E. Ahles, J. Haesloop, C. R. Bell, M. P. Burbanck, R. C. Darby, H. L. Blomquist, Andre F. Clewell, D. C. Hunt, R. F. Doren, Roy Komarek, Lisa Keppner. States and Counties: Alabama: Houston, Lee, Pike, Arkansas: Columbia, Pike. Florida: Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Orange, Polk, Santa Rosa, St Johns, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington. Georgia: Chattahoochee, DeKalb, Fulton, Grady, Marion. Louisiana: Ouachita, Rapides. Mississippi: Forrest, Jasper. North Carolina: Bladen, Chatham, Durham. South Carolina: Cherokee. Texas: Refugio, San Patricio, Van Zandt. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 13 DEC 2016
  3. Fernald, et al. 1958. Edible Plants of Eastern North America. Harper and Row Publishers, New York.