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Canaigre - Dock (Wild Rhubarb) Rumex hymenosepalus blooming in Arches National Park in Utah.
These large showy plants grow in sand dunes and other very dry areas. They have very deep roots to sustain the large leaves. The native Americans used the plant as food, and as a medicine. The young leaves can be cooked as a pot herb, and the stems are like rhubarb. The crushed roots are effective when used as a poultice on a wound, to inhibit infection. cultivated in the southwestern United States as the roots are a good source of tannin, for use in leather tanning. The tissues of canaigre dock, a southwest desert native plant used to make yellow, gray or green dye, and widely noted for its medicinal, edible, and social uses, contain toxic oxalate.
The flowers are small and inconspicuous. As the seeds mature, three of the sepals on each flower enlarge to form a winged fruit around each seed. The species name hymenosepalus means "membranous sepals".
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June 22nd, 2014
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