Sorrel, Mountain

Medical Herbs Catalogue


Sorrel, Mountain

otanical: Oxyria reniformis (HOOK)
Family: N.O. Germaniaceae Part Used: Herb.

The Mountain Sorrel is found distributed in the Arctic regions and the Alps of the north temperate zone, and grows by streams in Wales, Yorks and northwards.

It has the characters of the allied genus Rumex, approaching the Common Sorrel in habit, but is shorter and stouter. The leaves are all from the root, fleshy and kidneyshaped. The flowers are green, growing in clustered spikes. The generic name, Oxyria, is derived from the Greek oxys (sharp), from the acid flavouring of the stem and leaves, which make it, like the other Sorrels, an excellent pot-herb and antiscorbutic.