Yellow Wood Sorrel
Common Yellow Wood Sorrel - Upright Yellow Sorrel
Lady Sorrel - Yellow Shamrock
Oxalis stricta
Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial with underground stems from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is woods, yards and at roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; in sets of three at the end of a long stalk; green and often with purple or purplish markings.

Flowers are at the end of long stems and in flat-top clusters; bisexual; symmetrical; five sepals; five petals; yellow; ten stamens. Flowers occur from May to October.

Fruit is a capsule.

These plants contain oxalic acid which produces a dill-like taste. In small quantities it adds flavor to salads; however, in large quantities the oxalic acid can cause health problems.

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