Rumex acetosa L.
Family: Polygonaceae
common sorrel,  more...
[Rumex acetosa subsp. acetosa L.]
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Etymology: Rumex: the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-40" tall forb; stems usually unbranched to the inflorescence; from stout roots
Leaves: oblong; mostly arrow-shaped; lower long-stalked, upper mostly stalkless; acidic taste
Flowers: red, 6-parted, stalk jointed about midway; inflorescence a 4"-8" open, branched cluster with 1 to a few flowers per whorl; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dark brown, dry seed
Habitat: dry; disturbed
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
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Botanical Illustration  
Rumex acetosa image
Rumex acetosa image
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