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November 27, 2011 - 25 went

Kick Off Meeting: hike, introduce, gather, plan, share

<p>Yellow dock - Rumex crispus.</p> <p>Photographed 11/27/2011, Prairieview Education Center</p>

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    <p>"Rumex crispus is considered a broadleaf, perennial weed."</p> <p>"Note in particular the lanceolate shape and the curly edges of the yellow dock leaf ... from which the weed derives the nickname of "curly dock" (sometimes given as "curled dock" or "curley dock"; the species name, crispus is Latin for "curly")."</p> <p>"Despite its medicinal qualities, Rumex crispus is listed as a plant poisonous to dogs by the ASPCA."</p> <p>"Fortunately, Rumex crispus often grows near stinging nettle. Just roll a leaf of yellow dock between your thumb and forefinger to crush it, then doctor your wound with the juicy pulp left over and the burning will subside."</p> <p>"Yellow dock has, in fact, been used medicinally (for a number of ailments) for ages; but it's mainly the plant's root, rather than its leaves, that has been used in folk medicine. In fact, the common name, "yellow dock" refers to the yellowish color often found inside the root, when it is sliced open. The yellowish root notwithstanding, the signature color of Rumex crispus, ... is brown. That's the color of the dried flower-head in fall; once you've identified it as yellow dock, you'll never forget this plant. ... If you grab the coarse brown spike and slide your hand along it, you'll come away with a handful of small, crispy flakes (the seeds and dried sepals). ...Yellow dock's "roasted seed has been used as a coffee substitute.""</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://landscaping.about.com/od/weedsdiseases/p/yellow_dock.htm" target="_blank">About dot com</a>, Accessed 11/29/2011</p> <p>Jeanne Rose includes Yellow dock as part of her trademarked "YEGG" formula.</p>

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