|Scientific name:||Rumex acetosa L.|
|Synonym name:||Rumex stenophyllus Ledeb.; Acetosa pratensis Mill.|
|English name:||Common sorrel, Garden sorrel|
|Family:||Polygonaceae, Knotweed family, Slideväxter|
|Life form:||Perennial herb|
|Stems:||Stem single or few from the short rootstock, erect, round, deeply striated, 30-50 cm high|
|Leaves:||Two to three times as long as wide|
|Flowers:||Whorled spikes of reddish-green flowers; dioecious, male and female flowers on different plants|
|Flowering Period:||May, June, July|
|Fruits:||Brown, roundish, three-edged, glossy nut|
|Habitat:||Common throughout the country|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Rumex, the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels.
acetosa, from Latin acetum, vinegar; Pre-Linnaean name for common sorrel and other plants with acid leaves.
stenophyllus, stenos στενοϛ narrow, straight; narrow leaved.
pratensis, growing or found in meadows.