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Violet wood sorrel

Oxalis violacea


A showy member of the oxalis family. The leaves are shamrock like, with three heart-shaped leaflets. All parts of the plant are edible.


Shaded rich woods.That's why it doesn't grown on lawns the way O. stricta and related species do: too much sun.


Even though the quality isn't great, I really like this picture. In addition to the leaves and flowers of O. violacea, you can see reindeer lichen (Cladonia rangiferina), bluets (Houstonia caerulea), leaves of trout lily (Erythronium americanum) and common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex), and a fallen branch of eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana). It's a nice woodland scene.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2006
Submitted on Mar 9, 2013

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