Oxalis stricta L. - Yellow Wood Sorrel

Oxalis stricta plant

Family - Oxalidaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Oxalis stricta leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Oxalis stricta flower

Oxalis stricta fruitDeveloping fruits.

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Rocky and open woods, bluffs, alluvial stream banks, thickets, fields, waste ground, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species is very common in Missouri and is found throughout the state. The pubescence of the stems and leaves is very variable and Steyermark breaks the plant into many varieties and forms. These taxa are probably not valid and won't be mentioned here. This species can be eaten and adds a nice sour flavor to salads. Large quantities of the plant should be avoided because of its oxalic acid content.
The yellow flowered species of Oxalis can be difficult to differentiate. Mature, flowering specimens are required for a proper ID.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-15-02.


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