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Taxon: Rumex acetosa L.

Genus: Rumex
Family: Polygonaceae subfamily: Polygonoideae tribe: Rumiceae
Nomen number: 32518
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:337. 1753, nom. cons.
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Comments:Name verified on: 10-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-May-2013
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • garden sorrel   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – English
  • sorrel   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • sorrel dock   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • sour dock   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • suan mo   (Source: Herbs Commerce ed2 ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • grande oseille   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • oseille de prés   (Source: L Noms French ed7 ) – French
  • Wiesensauerampfer   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • acetosa   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • erba brusca   (Source: Galasso, pers. comm.) – Italian
  • romice acetosa   (Source: Galasso, pers. comm.) – Italian
  • suyeong   (Source: F Korea ) – Transcribed Korean
  • azeda-brava   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • acedera común   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • ängssyra   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northern Africa: Morocco
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Amur, Primorye, Sakhalin
    China: China - Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Qinghai, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Xizang, Yunnan [possibly other provinces as well]
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku; Korea; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India [n.]; Nepal; Pakistan
    Australia: Australia - Western Australia
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Ireland; Norway; Svalbard and Jan Mayen; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

    United States
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile



Check other web resources for Rumex acetosa L.:


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds or fruits: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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