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Garden Sorrel - Rumex acetosa
Other Names:  Rumex lapponicus, Rumex alpestris


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 9

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General Description
Glabrous, dioecious perennial. Stems erect, simple, ribbed, 10–100 cm. Leaf blades narrowly sagittate to ovate, 2–12 cm long, the basal long-petiolate. Inflorescence a narrow panicle 10–30 cm long, of numerous separated clusters of 4 to 8 flowers. Flowers unisexual, reddish; outer tepals 2–3 mm long. Fruit 2–4 mm long, tepals ovate, cordate, with a small callosity; the pedicel jointed in the middle. Achene brown, ca. 2 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subsp. alpestris A. Löve.

Range Comments
Circumboreal south to OR and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Moist meadows, grasslands, steppe, valleys to upper subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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