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Alpine Sheep Sorrel
Rumex paucifolius
About Alpine Sheep Sorrel (Rumex paucifolius) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Rumex paucifolius is a species of flowering plant in the knotweed family known by the common name alpine sheep sorrel. It is native to western North America from southwestern Canada to California to Colorado, where it grows in moist areas in mountainous habitat, up to areas of alpine climate. This is a variable plant, taking many different forms depending on environment and genetics; even the chromosome count is quite variable. In addition, it easily hybridizes with other Rumex. In general, it is a perennial herb producing a cluster of slender, erect stems growing to roughly half a meter in maximum height. Most of the leaves are basal. They are lance-shaped or linear and reach 9 centimeters in length. The inflorescence is an erect or bending series of many clusters of flowers, some of them widely spaced. Most specimens are dioecious, with male and female flowers occurring on separate plants. The flowers are usually red and hang from pedicels, with several flowers to a cluster.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial Herb

0.33 - 1.6 ft tall

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.2" - 151.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.49" - 5.67", Coldest Month: 17.9" - 50.5", Hottest Month: 37.2" - 73.8", Humidity: 0.38" - 26.72", Elevation: 725" - 14460"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Fewleaved Dock

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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