Sheep's Sorrel - Rumex acetosella


    Low to short, slender, tufted plant with erect stems. Leaves arrow shaped with basal lobes spreading, or pointing forward. Flowers greenish but turning red, with male and female flowers on separate plants.

    Similar Species

    Common Sorrel is larger and has leaves with the basal leaf lobes pointing backwards (sideways of forwards in Sheep's Sorrel).

    Identification difficulty

    Dry meadows, grassy heaths, bare places.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent throughout Britain, particularly in the west.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 240 of the 617 tetrads.

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