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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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04 August, 2015

Broad-leaved Dock: the soothing leaf | Nature Notes from Dorset

When it comes to weeds of cultivation I guess there are few so widespread and vigorous as broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius). It is the most sturdy and imposing of the dock family with stout stems, large leaves and elongated flower spikes; it is quite easily recognised as being different to its cousins.
Broad-leaved dock can be found on disturbed or bare ground anywhere including farm fields, spoil heaps, hedgerows, waste ground, river banks, even coastal shingle beaches. Growing to over a metre tall, sometimes even bigger it can also in less favourable conditions be as small as one foot tall. The heart shaped leaves are always large being six to eight inches long. The small, yellowish brown flowers occur in whorls around the stem

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