Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1283

Forb
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: Eurasia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Look for it in 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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

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

INCLUDING Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Rumex acetosella var. acetosella

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Acetosella acetosella

 

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


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image of Rumex acetosella, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Sorrel, 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, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Sorrel, 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, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Sorrel, Field Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm130430_902

April    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Rumex acetosella, Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Sorrel, 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.