Acetosa alpestris (Scop.) Á.Löve
Acetosa alpina Mill.
Acetosa arifolia (All.) Schur
Lapathum montanum Bubani
Rumex acetosa amplexicaulis (Lapeyr.) O.Bolòs & Vigo
Rumex allionii Link
Rumex amplexicaulis Lapeyr.
Rumex carpaticus (Zapal.) Zapal.
Rumex dimorphus Gren.
Rumex erythrocarpus Gand.
Rumex hispanicus C.C.Gmel.
Rumex italicus Campd.
Rumex macrophyllus Campd.
Rumex montanus Desf.
Rumex pilatensis Gand.
Common Name: Maiden Sorrel
Rumex arifolius is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of erect stems that can grow up to 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[
Temperate Eurasia - Spain to Germany, east to the Balkans and Ukraine, then Kazakhstan and eastern European Russia to Siberia, also in Korea
] and pine forests[
]. Tundra, subalpine and alpine mountain zones[
Species in this genus generally succeed in a variety of soils, but they prefer deep fertile moderately heavy soils that are humus-rich, moisture-retentive and also well-drained, with a position in full-sun or part shade[
Being wind -pollinated, Rumex species usually hybridize readily, especially with other members of the genus they are more closely related to[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. They can be added to salads or cooked as a potherb[
Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.