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Common name

English: Common sheep sorrel, Red sorrel

German: Sauerampfer

Mandarin: 小酸模 (xiao suan mo)

Portuguese: Azeda-dos-noivos, Língua-de-andorinha


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Polygonales (28)

        Family: Polygonaceae (30)(family description)

          Genus: Rumex (9)

            Epithet: acetosella L. (2)

Synonyms: Acetosella acetosella (L.) Small, Acetosella tenuifolia (Wallr.) A. Löve, Acetosella vulgaris (Koch) Fourr., Rumex angiocarpus Murb.

acetosella => acid salts - refers to oxalic acid found in the leaves

angiocarpus => enclosed fruit, fruit enclosed by perianth segments

tenuifolia => slender-leaved, fine-leaved

vulgaris => common, everyday


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: red

External links

Check for Rumex acetosella at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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