Rumex acetosa is a dieocious herb of 30 – 1m height with grooved stems. Basal leaves are ovate lanceolate, sagittate. Stem leaves are smaller. Flowers are reddish green and many in slender or terminal. the specific name Acetosa refers to its acidic taste.
June to August
Very common on mountain slope and meadow.
Local people use the whole plant as a laxative and in stomach disorders. Leaves are edible and used in chutneys. The plant is accredited with astringent, diuretic, antipyretic and wormicidal properties. In Homeopathy the plant is used for treating spasms and skin diseases.
Location in the Valley of flowers
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