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Name: Raine Bradford
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RaineBradford
Apr 15, 2012 11:12 AM CST
This plant grows wild in wet areas. It has a huge tap root. In the winter it has a 2 to 3 feet tall reddish brown stalk. I think it is a good medicinal plant but can't remember why I think that!



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Apr 15, 2012 11:21 AM CST

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bonitin
Apr 15, 2012 12:13 PM CST
Could be a Rumex..
Maybe this one?
Rumex hymenosepalus
http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/nspages/gilaflora/rumex_hymenos...
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Apr 15, 2012 12:15 PM CST

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I agree that's a rumex.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 15, 2012 12:19 PM CST
The leaves resemble horseradish but I can't get a good idea of the size of the plant. And the brown winter stalk doesn't fit. But perhaps wild horseradish. It is sometimes used as a medicinal plant.



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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 15, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Oops, cross posted.

Yes, a rumex.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 15, 2012 1:31 PM CST
A young plant of Rumex crispus?

http://intermountainbiota.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=27...

http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Rumx

Name: Raine Bradford
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RaineBradford
Apr 15, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Yes, sorry about that! Here is a photo.
Name: Raine Bradford
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RaineBradford
Apr 15, 2012 2:23 PM CST
Well I think I am going with Rumex crispus. It looks similiar to the photos of Rumex hymenosepalus but this thing grows where it is wet usually. So...is it just a weed, or does it have some beneficial properties? Thanks everyone!
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JRsbugs
Apr 15, 2012 2:58 PM CST
Raine, I put a link to the homeopathic properties. Smiling
Name: Raine Bradford
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RaineBradford
Apr 16, 2012 6:01 AM CST
JRsbugs said:Raine, I put a link to the homeopathic properties. Smiling


Thanks!...but I can't find the link. Sorry, I'm new here. Just figuring this out.
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JRsbugs
Apr 16, 2012 8:07 AM CST
Here it is again, it's under the first link I gave. Smiling

http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Rumx

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