Acetosa aculeata Chaz.
Acetosa bucephalophora (L.) Fourr.
Bucephalophora aculeata Pau
Lapathum bucephalophorum (L.) Lam.
Lapathum bucephalorum Moench
Rumex aculeatus L.
Rumex creticus Campd.
Rumex leucocephalus Schult. & Schult.f.
Rumex membranosus Poir.
Rumex platycarpus Batt.
Common Name: Ruby Dock
Rumex bucephalophorus is an annual to occasionally biennial or even short-lived perennial plant growing from a short, spindle-shaped rootstock; the slender stems are branched at or near the base, they can grow around 5 - 50cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[
Most of the Mediterranean region, but absent from much of the Balkans and most of Egypt
Sandy and rocky places, especially by the sea[
Species in this genus generally succeed in a variety of soils, but they prefer deep fertile moderately heavy soils that are humus-rich, moisture-retentive and also well-drained, with a position in full-sun or part shade[
]. This species is likely to be tolerant of maritime exposure and of dry soils.
Being wind -pollinated, Rumex species usually hybridize readily, especially with other members of the genus they are more closely related to[
We have a note that the plant is eaten cooked, but the part of the plant is not mentioned[
Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.