Irish wildflowers

Common Sorrel
Rumex acetosa
Samhadh bó
Family: Polygonaceae

Flowering: May-June. Dioecious perennial. Native.

Small red/pink flowers in loose upright spikes. Red, strong-keeled fruiting sepals. Arrow-shaped leaves, 5-12cm long. Basal lobes parallel to stem or in-curving.
Erect branched stems. Height: 35-80cm.

Abundant. Roadsides, grassland, gardens.

R. acetosa ssp. hibernicus. Short stems, compact inflorescence. Fleshy leaves
with very short stiff hairs. On sand-dunes on W and S Irish coasts.

Common Sorrel: Ballingeary, Co.Cork. June 2007

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