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Wood sorrel

Oxalis acetosella


The plant has trifoliate compound leaves, the leaflets heart-shaped and folded through the middle, that occur in groups of three on petioles up to 10cm long. It flowers from spring to midsummer with small white chasmogamous flowers with pink streaks. Red or violet flowers also occur rarely.[citation needed] During the night or when it rains the flowers close and the leaves fold.


Under Pinus silvestris


Oxalis acetosella (wood sorrel or common wood sorrel) is a rhizomatous plant from the genus Oxalis, common in most of Europe and parts of Asia. The binomial name is Oxalis acetosella, because of its sour taste. The common name wood sorrel is often used for other plants in the genus Oxalis. In much of its range it is the only member of its genus and hence simply known as "the" wood sorrel. While common wood sorrel may be used to differentiate it from most other species of Oxalis, in North America, Oxalis montana is also called common wood sorrel. It is also known as Alleluia because it blossoms between Easter and Pentecost, when the Psalms which end with Hallelujah were sung.

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Thank you VERY much for honouring me once again for SOTD!!!

Congrats Costas!

Chris Taklis
Chris Taklis 6 years ago

Congratsulations for the SOTD.

KostasZontanos 6 years ago

Congratsulations Kosta! Well deserved SOTD!

AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats, these beautiful flowers have been selected as Spotting of the Day!



Thank you so much Despina!!!

This is so beautiful! Great spotting, Costas!

Thank you very much Kosta!

KostasZontanos 6 years ago


Solenice, Střední Čechy, Czech Republic

Spotted on Apr 14, 2016
Submitted on Apr 14, 2016

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