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Curly Dock (Rumex crispus).  Curly dock is a “stout plant with small, reddish or greenish, bisexual flowers in a long, slender, branching cluster atop a stem bearing leaves with very wavy edges,” and it is at the end of its life cycle in this photograph (Niering & Olmstead 704).  The seeds pictured above are brown, 3-sided, and enclosed by a 3-winged calyx with smooth edges.  Commonly found in pastures, meadows, gardens, or waste places, this plant flowers from June through September (Niering & Olmstead 705).  CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes