Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

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Oxalis acetosella
Common Wood Sorrel
Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel Family)

A delicate little plant, growing abundantly in woods and shady places, to a height of 7.5 - 10 cm.

Common Wood Sorrel Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: clover-like, dark green above, purplish below, divided into 3 heart-shaped leaflets. Flowers: 5-petalled, on long stalks; white or pink with narrow pink veins, 1.25 - 2 cm long; flowering May to July. Fruit: a capsule.


Native to Canada and the northern United States; more south in the mountains; on forest floors; common in spruce and mixed forest.


The word "sorrel" comes from the French sur, meaning "sour".

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