Rumex acetosa

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPolygonaceaeRumexRumex acetosa

Ecology

A tufted, short-lived perennial of neutral to slightly acidic soil in meadows, pastures, woodland rides and glades, mountain ledges and shingle beaches; absent from severely improved grasslands and leys. 0-1215 m (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Boreo-temperate.

© Shannon, P

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1105

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2790

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 979

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: 1.32

Weighted Changed Factor: -5

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

74

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003778

Atlas text references

Atlas (178c)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1986)
Lousley JE, Kent DH
1981.  Docks and knotweeds of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 3.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.