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Yellow Dock

  • 'Iipay Aa Name: kish

  • Description: Yellow Dock is in the family Polygonaceae. It is a flower stalk or inflorescence. It has small and smooth stems that shoot off from a "basal rosette." The flowers and seeds are found in a cluster on branched stems. Yellow Dock is an invasive species to North America, South America, New Zealand, and some parts of Australia. The scientific name is Rumex crispus. The 'Iipay Aa name for Yellow Dock is kish. Kumeyaay/Diegueño People used Yellow Dock as a wild leaf vegetable; the young plants must be boiled in several changes of water to remove as much oxalic acid as possible. Yellow Dock was also used in tea to treat anemia due to its high levels of iron. Yellow dock is also an excellent source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

    According to the research and notes of Elizabeth Windsong, Yellow Dock can be sprouted and ground into a meal.


  • Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)

  • Phylum: Tracheobionta (Vascular Plants)

  • Family: Polygonaceae

  • Genus: Rumex

  • Species: crispus

  • Collector: Windsong, Elizabeth

  • Identified by: Windsong, Elizabeth

  • Preparator: Banegas, Sofia

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