In all the years I have been walking and working at the Rock I have never, until a few days ago seen the humble Dock-across.
So this is the first 'head' of Dock Leaf I've seen on site; seen inside the boundary wall near the eastern V entrance.Chances are the plant arrived courtesy of the flow of water from the verges on the roadside where the plant is prevalent.
Having been stung by Nettles on occasion during work on site,I'm glad the cure has arrived!
There are four varieties listed in An Roinn Oideachais publication Ainmneacha Plandai agus Ainmhithe - flora and fauna nomenclature,published in 1978,a wonderful, tidy paperback,with beautiful line drawings of many plants.
The four are:- the broad-leafed,the clustered,the curled and the sharp!Happy hunting.
There is a throve of lore associated with the plant and for the curious I can do no better than refer you to Irish Wild Plants by
Niall Mac Coitir available in hardback and paperback at Andrew's bookshop,Mitchell Street,Clonmel -cheaply!
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