common sheep sorrel, field sorrel, red sorrel, sheep sorrel
[Acetosella acetosella (L.) Small, more...]
Etymology: Rumex: the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, overall reddish-brown; with thin, creeping roots forming large patches
Leaves: usually 3-lobed, end lobe elliptical to oblong, other 2 triangular and smaller; acidic taste
Flowers: 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.
Fruits: golden brown, shiny, dry seed
Habitat: fields, lawns, disturbed areas; in acidic soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Invasiveness: Invasive - Eradicate!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin invasive species including decription, habitats, control methods Invasive And Exotic Species of North America: Descriptions, management issues, warnings, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"