Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Rumex acetosella L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Arthur Meeks

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Steve C. Garske

Steve C. Garske
Family Polygonaceae
Rumex acetosella L.
common sheep sorrel, field sorrel, red sorrel, sheep sorrel
Rumex: the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels
acetosella: pre-Linnaean name for common sorrel and other plants with acidic leaves
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Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, overall reddish-brown; with thin, creeping roots forming large patches
Flower: orange or pink to yellowish, 6-parted, stalk jointed next to the flower; inflorescence loose, conical, branched clusters about half the length of the entire plant; blooms May-Aug.
Fruit:golden brown, shiny, dry seed
Leaf:usually 3-lobed, end lobe elliptical to oblong, other 2 triangular and smaller; acidic taste
Habitat: fields, lawns, disturbed areas; in acidic soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Acetosella acetosella (L.) Small
Acetosella tenuifolia (Wallr.) A.Löve
Acetosella vulgaris (Koch) Fourr.
Rumex acetosella L. subsp. angiocarpus (Murb.) Murb.
Rumex acetosella L. var. pyrenaeus (Pourr.) Timb.-Lagr.
Rumex acetosella L. var. tenuifolius Wallr.
Rumex angiocarpus Murb.
Rumex tenuifolius (Wallr.) A.Löve

         
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