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red sorrel
Rumex acetosella L.

Overview

Appearance
Rumex acetosella is a perennial herb that can reach 1.6 ft. (0.5 m) in height.
Foliage
Leaves are alternate, petiolate, glabrous, entire, 3-lobed, up to 1.2 in. (3 cm) long and occur in a basal rosette.
Flowers
Flowering occurs from March to November, when yellowish-green flowers (male) or reddish (female) flowers develop in clusters of a branched inflorescence at the apex of the stem. Flowers are typically drooping and have 3 petals and 3 sepals, each less than 0.04-0.06 in. (1-1.5 mm) long.
Fruit
Fruits are red achenes.
Ecological Threat
Rumex acetosella is native to Europe and occurs along roadsides and other disturbed areas.

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EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Invasives List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Polygonales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rumex

Other System Links

Plants: RUAC3
Bayer: RUMAA
GRIN: 32519
ITIS: 20934
NPDN Pest: PEAAHBB
NPDN Host: 36459

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
field sorrel, sheep sorrel

Categories

Category: Forbs/Herbs