Climbing Dock

Also known as:
Rambling Dock, Acetosa Sagittata
South Africa

General description

Low climbing or scrambling perennial herb. Kumara-like tuber with extensive rhizomes. Stems <3m long, reddish-green, hairless, flexible, ribbed. Large green arrowhead-shaped leaves. Small green, pink or reddish flowers (Nov-Mar), often with red-tinged edges, in massed panicles at top of plants. Yellow to pink or crimson fruit.

Coastal areas, roadsides, waste areas, settled areas. Prefers warmer conditions.

Wind-dispersed seeds. Locally from creeping, rooting stems & extensive tubers.

Smothers native plants.

Site management

Plant bared sites to minimise seedling invasion.

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out small infestations. Physical control very difficult- tubers or fragments left will regrow.
2. Spray regrowth (100ml glyphosate + 20ml penetrant/10L or 5g metsulfuron + 10ml penetrant/10L), summer only.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
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