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Rumex acetosella

Petite oseille
Sheep’s Sorrel

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

2 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May,

June,

July,

August,

September,

October,

November

Leaf type

Hastate

Height

50 cm

Description

Rumex acetosella is an indicator that the soil in the area is calcareous.

An erect plant branching at the top.

Flowers

The male flowers are yellowish-green, the female flowers are pink-maroon, on separate plants.

Leaves

Hastate spear-shaped leaf with horizontal lobes at base. Spear-shaped with horizontal lobes at the base.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a string of small dry 1-seeded fruit. The seed is 3 edged, glossy and brown, surrounded by valves, 1 mm across.

Edible

Young leaves have a tart taste, good to use as a garnish or in a mixed leaf salad. It curdles milk and can be substituted for rennet in cheese making.

Medical

Leaves: contain oxalic acid and should not be eaten in quantity.

Oxalic acid can combine with calcium, causing kidney stones to form in susceptible people.

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