Acetosa sagittata (Thunb.) L.A.S.Johnson & B.G.Briggs

Rambling Dock

Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 3: 166 (1962) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Vigorous glabrous perennial climber with stems to 3 m long or more, producing woody, internally yellowish tubers. Leaves triangular to deltoid, 3–10 cm long, 1.5–6 cm wide, apex acute, prominently sagittate at base; petiole usually as long as lamina or longer. Inflorescence a diffuse, flexuose-branched panicle to 30 cm long or more; flowers bisexual or female; perianth segments elliptic, obtuse, c. 1 mm long at anthesis, green or purplish, the 3 inner segments soon enlarging in fruit, becoming c. orbicular with cordate bases, membranous and strongly reticulate-veined, c. 1 cm diam., pale brown or pinkish, outer segments barely enlarging; fruiting pedicel articulate below base. Nut elliptic, pale brown, shining. Flowers mainly Feb.–Apr.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Naturalised all States except NT. Native to South Africa. Rather common in Melbourne inner and eastern bayside suburbs as a weed in gardens and coastal or near-coastal shrublands, usually on moist sandy soils. Occasional elsewhere (e.g. Dandenong Ranges, Erica, Lakes Entrance), but either under-collected or likely to spread further along the coast.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Polygonaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-01-13
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acetosa sagittata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acetosa sagittata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales