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Uses

Toxic parts

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[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves - cooked as a pot-herb[2][3][4][5][6]. They are usually cooked in several changes of water to remove the bitter-tasting tannin[7].

Leaf stems - cooked[8][5][6]. Crisp and tart, they are excellent when used in pies like rhubarb[2][7]. They are often cooked with sugar, or can be baked and the central portion eaten[9]. The stems, harvested before the flowers open, have been boiled to make a drink[9]. Seed - raw or cooked[9]. It can be ground into a powder, cooked with water to the consistency of a thick gravy and eaten as a mush[7][9]. The powder can also be mixed with water, shaped into cakes and baked[9].

Root[5][6]. Eaten raw by children in early spring[9].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

The roots are rich in tannin, the dried root containing about 35 - 60%[3][4][10]. Wild roots contain more tannin than cultivated roots whilst old roots contain more than young roots[11]. Yellow, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of this plant[3][4][12]. They do not need a mordant[12].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An infusion of the stems and leaves has been used as a wash for sores, ant bites and infected cuts[9].

The roots are astringent[9]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea[9]. An infusion has been used as a gargle to treat coughs and sore mouths and throats[9]. The root has been chewed in the treatment of coughs and colds[9]. The dried, powdered roots have been used as a dusting powder and dressing on burns and sores[9].

A tea made from this plant is used to treat colds[13][9].

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Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. Division in spring.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in most soils but prefers a deep fertile moderately heavy soil that is humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained and a position in full-sun or part shade[14]. Judging by its native range, this plant should succeed in dry soils[K]. Extensively cultivated for the tannin contained in its root[10].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Rumex hymenosepalus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Rumex hymenosepalus
Genus
Rumex
Family
Polygonaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.2 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.4 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.4 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.15.25.3 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 Yanovsky. E. Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237. U.S. Depf of Agriculture. ()
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Saunders. C. F. Edible and Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-23310-3 (1976-00-00)
    9. ? 9.009.019.029.039.049.059.069.079.089.099.109.119.129.139.14 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.110.2 Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (1952-00-00)
    11. ? 11.011.1 Rottsieper. E.H.W. Vegetable Tannins The Forestal Land, Timber and Railways Co. Ltd. (1946-00-00)
    12. ? 12.012.112.2 Grae. I. Nature's Colors - Dyes from Plants. MacMillan Publishing Co. New York. ISBN 0-02-544950-8 (1974-00-00)
    13. ? 13.013.1 Weiner. M. A. Earth Medicine, Earth Food. Ballantine Books ISBN 0-449-90589-6 (1980-00-00)
    14. ? 14.014.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    15. ? Munz. A California Flora. University of California Press (1959-00-00)

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