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Patience Dock - Rumex patientia
Other Names:  Herb Patience, Garden Patience, Monk's Rhubarb

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Monoecious, glabrous perennial. Stems erect, simple below the inflorescence, 15–50 cm. Leaf blades elliptic to ovate, 4–20 cm long. Inflorescence 8–25 cm long, a narrow, leafy-bracted panicle with whorls of 10 to 20 flowers. Flowers unisexual; outer tepals 1–2 mm long. Fruit 5–8 mm long; inner tepals orbicular, cordate-based, only 1 with a callosity. Achenes brown, 3–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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Range Comments
Introduced into most of temperate North America; native to Eurasia (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 21

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Eggers, M.J.S. 2005. Riparian vegetation of the Montana Yellowstone and cattle grazing impacts thereon. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. 125 p.
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