|curly dock (Rumex crispus)||
curly dock (Rumex crispus; SMARTWEED FAMILY [Polygonaceae]) Coarse, homely perennial plant (to 5' tall) with grooved stems and large, long, narrow leaves with strongly rippled margins. Flowers very small, distinctly stalked and aggregated in a dense inflorescence, green initially but becoming rust colored as small, three-winged fruits develop. Weed of wet ditches, fields, and waste places. Several other dock species also occur in Wisconsin. Native of Europe. 
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