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

Undetermined Origin

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU
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 et al. 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 et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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