Rumex acetosa, Acetosa pratensis, SE: Ängssyra, DE: Wiesen-Sauerampfer,
NL: Veldzuring, UK: Common sorrel, Garden sorrel

Scientific name:  Rumex acetosa L.
Synonym name:  Rumex stenophyllus Ledeb.; Acetosa pratensis Mill.
Swedish name:  Ängssyra
German name:  Wiesen-Sauerampfer
Nederlandse naam:  Veldzuring
English name:  Common sorrel, Garden sorrel
Family:  Polygonaceae, Knotweed family, Slideväxter

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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

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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.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Ledeb. is used to indicate Carl Friedrich von Ledebour (1785 – 1851),a German-Estonian botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Mill. is used to indicate Philip Miller (1691 – 1771), a Scottish botanist.

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