Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1285

Forb
Winter annual
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in fields (especially sandy fields in the Coastal Plain), roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Creamy-yellow/ Pinkish-red
Unisexual
6 sepals of two different sizes
Petals absent
6 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brown
Nutlet

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rumex hastatulus   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rumex hastatulus   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 063-02-002:
Rumex hastatulus   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Acetosa hastatula

 

COMMON NAME:
Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel


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image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm0502f_14

February    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Leaves arrow-shaped with spreading basal lobes, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm0304m_03

April    Colleton County    SC

Colorful masses in sandy fields in Coastal Plain, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120404_520

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120404_520b

April    Greenville County    SC

Tiny flowers on upper half of stems (plants dioecious), 3-10 per tuft, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120404_520c

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120404_527

April    Greenville County    SC

Slender ridged stem, 1 to several from basal rosette, branched above middle, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120404_527b

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120415_087

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm120415_087b

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

JK Marlow    jkm130406_847

April    Richmond County    GA

Fort Gordon

Leaves 3-lobed: terminal lobe linear-oblong, lateral spurs present or not, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

Roxanna Martin    rlm4211_183

April    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

Roxanna Martin    rlm42510_090

April    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

Roxanna Martin    rlm43011_105

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Inner sepals cordate with a wide, membranous, erose wing, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rumex hastatulus, Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Wild Sorrel

Roxanna Martin    rlm6610_77

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Enlarged wing-like heart-shaped sepals encase the nutlet, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.