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Aspen Creek Tr - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Rumex acetosella - common sheep sorrel

Other Common Names: red sorrel
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Polygonaceae

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Aspen Creek Tr
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Upright perennial with tiny flowers in clusters at the end of stems. Introduced almost worldwide.
Height: 4 to 24 inches


Habitat Description: Roadsides, cultivated fields, waste places, disturbed areas, lawns, meadows, railroad gravels, sandy and muddy shores; usually in acidic soils.
Plant Communities: Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5500 - 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Green, yellow to red     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Aug
Description: Male and female flowers are usually on separate plants with male flowers being yellow to red and female flowers greenish.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Upper leaves 1-3 inches long, and smooth with a pair of horizontal lobes at base. Lower leaves are spade-shaped and without lobes. The stems are slender and reddish in color. Extensive horizontal roots can reach depths of 5 feet.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Seed Notes: Seeds are reddish or golden brown with rust brown hulls that adhere to seeds. Seeds can remain viable in soil for 10 to 20 years.

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