Rumex acetosa Linnaeus 1753 (Family Polygonaceae)


Plant

Leaf

Flowers

Fruit

Height: 30-100cm
Occasionally Arbuscular Mycorrhizal
Perennial, Persistent Seed Bank
Dioecious, Flowering May - September (Earliest: 22.4)

Protective Chemicals
Flavonoids Catechin, Epicatechin, Proanthocyanidin
Tannins Parameritannin
Other Phenolics Tartaric Acid
Other Anthraquinone, Oxalate

Biotopes:
Meadows
Flower Visitors:
Melitaea athalia

Scaeva selenitica

Erioptera fuscipennis
Parasites:
Ramularia rubella

Venturia rumicis

Uromyces rumicis

Pegomya bicolor Larva

Perapion violaceum Larva
(Stem Borer)
Herbivores:
Capreolus capreolus

Several Lycaenidae Larvae

Several Geometridae Larvae

Several Noctuidae Larva

Phragmatobia fuliginosa Larva

Adscita statices Larva

Apion frumentarium

Hypera rumicis

Gastrophysa viridula
Possible Herbivores:
Vanessa cardui

Several Crambidae Larvae

Several Geometridae Larvae

Many Noctuidae Larvae

Several Tortricidae

Parasemia plantaginis

Altica oleracea

Phyllobius oblongus Larva

Phyllobius pyri Larva

Ametastegia glabrata Larva
Sapivores:
Coreus marginatus

Aphis acetosae
Possible Sapivores:
Cercopis vulnerata

Cicadella viridis
Florivores:
Eupithecia centaureata

Phytocoris varipes
Frugivores:
Coreus marginatus Nymph

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Common Sorrel


Pictures © 2003, 2004, 2005 J.K. Lindsey

Caution

Back to Ecology of Commanster