Weed busting at Haast Primary School with Jon Sullivan (Lincoln University) and students Ben, Alisha, and Harry. Photo by Ben.
Robin Baranowski, Jason
Rumex acetosella is a species of sorrel, bearing the common names sheep's sorrel, red sorrel, sour weed, and field sorrel. The plant and its subspecies are common perennial weeds. It has green arrowhead-shaped leaves and red-tinted deeply ridged stems, and it sprouts from an aggressive and spreading rhizome. The flowers emerge from a tall, upright stem. Female flowers are maroon in color.