Photographer: Merel R. Black
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
Invasive - Eradicate!
|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|