Synonym: Rumex britannica
Plant Family: Smartweed, Polygonaceae
Wetland Indicator Status: OBL
Great water-dock (Rumex orbiculatus) is the plant that stands out whether it is standing stall above sedges, or its dark brown seeds catching they eye among grasses of the same height. It produces large disk-shaped seeds in clusters, unlike most wetland forbs.
Great water-dock can be found in a variety of marsh types, and along ditches and lake shores.
The caterpillar of the Bronze Copper (Lycaena hyllus) an endangered butterfly, feeds on the leaves of Curly and Great Water Docks. The relatively large seeds are readily eaten by ducks and other birds. The uses by these and other species of wildlife make Great Water-dock a great plant to have in wetlands despite their weedy appearance.
Great water-dock standing tall above Tussock Sedge and other plants of the sedge meadow.