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Rumex sp.

Habitat:

Popped up in our desert garden.

Notes:

an extra plea of help from my husband for ID of this one :-)

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7 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Yes, that one has a great name! Did it link to the Hebrew pages? I read them in English...but have to look up all the special botany terms. I've looked them up enough by now I should have them memorized by now...but I don't. :-)

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 8 years ago

Thanks for the link. I had no idea ther was a Rumex species called 'aeroplaniformis'! It certainly lives up to its name! Great photos, but my linguistic skills let me down after that ;)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

I will definitely inquire if any of the local Bedouin eat this! We quite enjoy the other Rumex that grows here so it will be interesting to see if we can munch on this one, too. As far as descriptions, I'm using the ones linked from this page, if they are any help to you:
http://flora.huji.ac.il/browse.asp?actio...

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 8 years ago

No problem Bernadette! Unfortunately, I'm no expert on Rumex and don't have any descriptions of those species to compare offhand. I'd be very interested to know if you find out any more.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Oops - forgot to say THANK YOU for the ID help, craigwilliams. :-)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Rumex! We know two Rumex species well here in Sinai - R. cyprius and R. vesicarius. And according to my research, R. dentatus is found in Egypt (Nile region and Western desert) and also in Israel so most likely here in the middle (in Sinai), too. (Plus we have some mud/compost from mainland Egypt in our garden so anything could have popped up from there.) It also now looks to me a bit like R. crispus. Any tips on distinguishing between R. crispus and R. dentatus? Also, from what I read R. crispus is edible; is R. dentatus as well?

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 8 years ago

Nice! Looks like a Rumex species, maybe R.dentatus but difficult to say without a good list of which species are found in Egypt and a closer look at that one.

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on Mar 21, 2010
Submitted on Mar 10, 2012

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