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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus   FAMILY Polygonaceae   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Rumex acetosella

SYNONYMOUS WITH The taxonomy of Acetosella (Love, 1983)
Acetosella vulgaris ssp. pyrenaica

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 063-02-001:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Rumex acetosella var. pyrenaeus

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Acetosella acetosella

 

COMMON NAME:
Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Dock, Field Sorrel


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image of Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Dock, Field Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm0304p_32a

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

In several respects a smaller version of R. hastatulus, without sepal wings, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Dock, Field Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm0304r_25

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

R. acetosella is rarely found in sandy soils, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Dock, Field Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm130430_902

April    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Dock, Field Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm160827_707

August    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Well-developed lvs w sagittate base (lobes point down, ~ parallel to petiole), per Weakley's Flora.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus   FAMILY Polygonaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Rumex acetosella

SYNONYMOUS WITH The taxonomy of Acetosella (Love, 1983)
Acetosella vulgaris ssp. pyrenaica

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 063-02-001:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Rumex acetosella var. pyrenaeus

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Acetosella acetosella

 

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1283

Forb
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: Eurasia

Common (uncommon in GA Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Pastures, fields, roadsides, rock outcrops, grassy balds, gardens, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Creamy-yellow/ Pinkish-red
Unisexual
6 sepals of two different sizes
Petals absent
5 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brown
Nutlet

 

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