Sheep Sorrel

Sheep's sorrel (Rumex acetosella). The red or maroon flowers of sheep's sorrel make a vivid splash of colour amidst the green in this short acid grassland. Mitcham Common is low-lying, and parts of it are boggy in winter. This leads to the kind of acid conditions where peat can develop. Its status as an area that includes acid grassland is one of Mitcham Common's conservation strengths.

Rumex acetosella

Synonyms:
Red Sorrel
Rumex_acetosella (Wikipedia)

Rumex acetosella
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Polygonaceae
Genus:Rumex
Species:
R. acetosella
Binomial name
Rumex acetosella
Synonyms

Acetosella vulgaris (W.D.J. Koch) Fourr.

Rumex acetosella, commonly known as red sorrel, sheep's sorrel, field sorrel and sour weed, is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family Polygonaceae. Native to Eurasia and the British Isles, the plant and its subspecies are common perennial weeds. It has green arrowhead-shaped leaves and red-tinted deeply ridged stems, and it sprouts from an aggressive and spreading rhizome. The flowers emerge from a tall, upright stem. Female flowers are maroon in color.

Sheep Sorrel (Wiktionary)

English

Noun

sheep sorrel (uncountable)

  1. Rumex acetosella, a species of sorrel.

Synonyms

  • (Rumex acetosella): red sorrel, sour weed, field sorrel

See also

  • Lycaena phlaeas (common copper (butterfly))

References

  • sheep sorrel on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Rumex acetosella on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • Rumex acetosella on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
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