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3. Rumex vesicarius Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 336. 1753; Boiss., l.c. 1017; Hook.f., l.c. 61; Rech.f., Fl. Iran. 56: 8. 1968; R.R.Stewart, l.c. 215; Bhopal & Chaudhri, l.c. 93; Boulos, Fl. Egypt 1: 34. 1999; Chaudhary, Fl. Kingd. Saudi Arab. 1: 310. 1999.

Vern.: Chukakasag.

Annual, 10-30 cm high, branching from the base, somewhat succulent, glaucous, fragile. Leaves with petiole, triangular-hastate, entire. Racemes simple or branched. Pedicels solitary, bearing twin or sometimes ternate flower. Valves of fruit-bearing primary flower suborbicular, 12-18 (-23) mm long and broad, without a marginal nerve, entire, reticulate, membranous with parallel basal lobes, two of the valves with a small basal grain, the third without a grain; the second - and if present the third - fruit somewhat or hardly smaller, folded together with the primary one and hidden by it.Nut of primary flower 3.4-4.7 (-5.2) mm long, greyish-brown, that of secondary flower 2.8-4 (-4.5) mm, more dark brown.

Fl. Per. March-May.

Type: Described from Africa.

Distribution: North Africa, Greece (Nauplia!), Arabia, Iraq, N. Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan (Panjab).- Introduced as an alien into Australia and spreading there rapidly.

The leaves are eaten raw or cooked, which have a sour taste. The leaf juice has a cooling effect; used in snake bite also.


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