Rheum rhabarbarum, SE: Rabarber, DE: Gemeiner Rhabarber,
NL: Rabarber, UK: Rhubarb

Scientific name:  Rheum rhabarbarum L.
Swedish name:  Rabarber
German name:  Gemeiner Rhabarber
Nederlandse naam:  Rabarber
English name:  Rhubarb
Family:  Polygonaceae, Knotweed family, Slideväxter

Sweden Wildflowers and native Plants

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  Thick red stalks (up to 5 cm) stems and thick petioles (up to 2-3 cm)
Leaves:  Basal rosette, triangular-shaped leaves with long fleshy petioles. T
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; 6 white-green or yellow-white tepals
Flowering Period:  May, June
Fruits:  Achenes, one seeded, trigonous, with angles, wings submembranous, brown or henna
Habitat:  Rhubarb is a cultivated species that can sometimes be encountered persistent or temporary wild

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Rheum, Greek rhēon or rha for "roots and rhizomes" of rhabarbarum : rha, rhubarb (from Greek rhā , perhaps from Rhā, the Volga River.
rhabarbarum, literally the rhubarb of foreigners; Long ago, on the banks of the river Rha (the modern Volga), barbarian tribes were familiar with a plant with red-green succulent stalks that grew along the river. The plants from the Rha of the barbarians became the Latin "rhabarbarum", root of the modern English "rhubarb.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.