Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1283

Forb
Perennial
Dioecious

Non-native: Eurasia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

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
Creamy-yellow/ Pinkish-red
Unisexual
6 sepals of two different sizes
Petals absent
5 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
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 (11/30/12):
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 063-02-001:
Rumex acetosella   FAMILY Polygonaceae

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

 

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


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

JK Marlow    jkm0304p_32a

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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

JK Marlow    jkm0304r_25

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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

JK Marlow    jkm0304x_02

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, Field Sorrel, Red Sorrel, Sourgrass

JK Marlow    jkm130430_902

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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

JK Marlow    s040501_a

May    Greenville County    SC

Creekside/Riverside

Leaves 3-lobed, terminal lobe elliptic to oblong and lateral spurs equal, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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

JK Marlow    s000612_a

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Reddish or greenish flowers in branching leafless racemes, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

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

JK Marlow    jkm160827_707

August    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Leaves hastate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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

JK Marlow    jkm160827_710

August    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain