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Taxon: Rumex acetosella L.

Genus: Rumex
Family: Polygonaceae subfamily: Polygonoideae tribe: Rumiceae
Nomen number: 32519
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:338. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 10-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 1 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.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
AL°, CT*, FL°, GA°, IA*°, KY°, LA°, MO°, NE°, OK*°, SC°, TN°.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • field sorrel   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • sheep sorrel   (Source: F Ariz ) – English
  • sheep sorrel   (Source: F BritStace ) – English   [Rumex acetosella subsp. acetosella]
  • sorrel   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • sorrel   (Source: Noxweed Aust ) – English   [Rumex acetosella subsp. acetosella]
  • xiao suan mo   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • oseille   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • petite oseille   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • surette   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • kleiner Wiesensauerampfer   (Source: Galasso, pers. comm.) – German
  • acetosella   (Source: Galasso, pers. comm.) – Italian
  • romice acetosella   (Source: Galasso, pers. comm.) – Italian
  • azeda-de-ovelha   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • azeda-miúda   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • azedinha-aleluia   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • bergsyra   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco
    Western Asia: Iran; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Far East
    China: China - Fujian, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Nei Monggol, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan [possibly], Zhejiang
    Eastern Asia: Korea; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    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; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; 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 [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Eastern Asia: Japan
    Indian Subcontinent: India; Sri Lanka
    Malesia: Indonesia - Java; Philippines
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    United States
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Caribbean: West Indies
    Mesoamerica: Central America
    Northern South America: Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay




Check other web resources for Rumex acetosella L.:


  • Fruit and 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: (05 October 2015)

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