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Yellow Wood Sorrel


Scientific Name     

Oxalis stricta   L.

Family Name

Liliaceae (Lily family) 

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

cosmopolitan

Plant Height:  

to 5 dm mostly erect, sometimes prostrate

Flower Color:  

yellow

Flower:  

perfect; complete; 5 yellow petals; 10 stamens, outer antepetalous, 5 shorter; pistil erect 

Inflorescence:  

terminal flower, usually 2-7 flowered

Fruit:  

capsular on straight or ascending stalk

Leaves:  

1-2 cm wide; palmate with 3 heart-shaped leaflets 

Bloom Time:  

May through October

Origins:  

believed to be native

Other:  

referred to as O. europaea in some common field guides, though some differentiate between O. europaea and O. stricta based on whether seedpod stalks are deflexed; Gleason and Cronquist,1991, does not make same distinction, name taken from this source; leaves close a night