Acetosa rosea (L.) Mill.
Acetosa tingitana (L.) Fourr.
Lapathum tingitanum (L.) Bubani
Rhodoptera roseus (L.) Raf.
Rumex tingitanus L.
Rumex roseus is an erect, tufted, annual plant with stout, rather succulent stems; it can grow around 20 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Rumex roseus is sporadically naturalized in southeast Australia
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[
N. Africa - Morocco to Libya; W. Asia - Lebanon, Syria
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[
]. This species is likely to tolerate maritime exposure.
Being wind -pollinated, Rumex species usually hybridize readily, especially with other members of the genus they are more closely related to[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
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.