Rumex vesicarius, Sorrel, Bladder dock, Rosy dock, Ruby dock,
חומעה משלחפת

Scientific name:  Rumex vesicarius L.
Synonym name:  Acetosa vesicaria (L.)Á.Löve
Common name:  Sorrel, Bladder dock, Rosy dock, Ruby dock
Hebrew name:  חומעה משלחפת
Family:   Polygonaceae, Buckwheat family, ארכוביתיים

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Location: Arava

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, smooth
Flowers:  Green
Flowering Period:   February, March, April
Habitat:  Desert, Thermophilous plants
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:   Ephemeral

Rumex vesicarius, Sorrel, Bladder dock, Rosy dock, Ruby dock, חומעה משלחפת
Location: Arava


Derivation of the botanical name:
Rumex , the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels.
vesicarius, vesica, a bladder; from the inflated pods following the flowers on these herbs.
Acetosa, from Latin acetum, vinegar; Pre-Linnaean name for common sorrel and other plants with acid leaves.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Á.Löve is used to indicate Áskell Löve (1916 – 1994), an Icelandic systematic botanist.

Native plants of Israel
Location: Arava