Acetosella (Meisner) Fourr.

Latin acetosellus—slightly acid or sour, referring to the taste of the leaves.

Erect perennial with spreading slender rhizomes. Leaves not jointed, stalked, mostly arrow-head shaped. Sheath papery, splitting. Sexes mostly on separate plants. Flowers in narrow clusters. Perianth segments 6, not winged, ridged or toothed, outer 3 largest. Stamens 6. Style with 3 branches at tip. Fruit a 3-angled nut enclosed in persistent perianth.

Widely naturalised cosmopolitan weeds.

4 species from temperate Eurasia.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Polygonaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Polygonaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Acetosella vulgaris Fourr.