|Scientific Name||Rumex acetosella||USDA PLANTS Symbol||RUAC3|
|Common Name||Sheep Sorrel||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||20934|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (5500 to 12000 ft); usually in acidic soils in meadows, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Erect or ascending perennial with several stems from the base that are branched in the upper portions when flowering, 4 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Mostly basal or on lower part of stems, alternate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, hastate (at base) to entire 3/8 to 2-3/8 inches long; long-stalked; smooth surfaces.
Inflorescence: Broad or narrow, lax panicle usually in upper 2/3 of stem with clusters of 5 to 8 flowers arranged in whorls; blossom is green or purple becoming reddish, less than 1/8-inch across; two series of 6 tepals that spread widely showing creamy yellow to red stamens or styles and closing up after pollination.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers and SEINet.
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