Rumex acetosella

Rumex acetosella_red sorrell_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Acetosella vulgaris

Common names: sheep sorrel

Rumex acetosella (red sorrel, sheep sorrel) is a perennial forb/herb (family Polygonaceae). In California, sheep sorrel occurs in a freshwater marsh community and is common in annual grasslands, montane meadows and perennial bunchgrass communities.

Rating: Moderate

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    Other Resources

    • USDA PLANTS database -
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    • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
    • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
    • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.

    Symposium Presentations

    • Pickart, A. J. and K. S. Wear (1999). The ecology of Parentucellia viscosa in dune wetlands. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '99. Sacramento, CA.
    • Quinn, L., B. Davis, et al. (2006). Does horse manure harbor invasive plants? Cal-IPC Symposium. Rohnert Park, CA.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • None for this species.