Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata)
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Creeping Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata)
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(Wood-Sorrel, Creeping (Oxalis corniculata) - 01
The five-petaled flower of the creeping wood-sorrel is only about 1/4 inch
across, or half the size of the yellow wood-sorrel flower. This is one of
the ways of distinguishing the two species of flowers.
(Wood-Sorrel, Creeping (Oxalis corniculata) - 02
The leaves of the creeping wood-sorrel are palmate with three heart-shaped
leaflets. The leaves and flowers grow on separate stems. To the
right, we can see a flower, a bud, and a seed pod.
(Wood-Sorrel, Creeping (Oxalis corniculata) - 05
Because of the small size of the creeping wood-sorrel flower, and the lack of
good contrast, we had trouble focusing the camera on the inside of the flower so
that all of the intricate detail could be seen clearly.
(Wood-Sorrel, Creeping (Oxalis corniculata) - 07a
Just below the creeping wood-sorrel flower are some buds encased in a dew drop.
Also note the relatively small size of the flower compared to the heart-shaped
leaflets that make up each palmate leaf. According to the literature, the
leaves of the creeping wood-sorrel have a somewhat sour lemon-like taste, which
add a little boost to green salads.
(Wood-Sorrel, Creeping (Oxalis corniculata) - 08
We laid one of the trailing main stems of the creeping wood-sorrel on a piece of
wood to show the way this wildflower sends out roots at the same juncture where
the flower and leaf stems develop. Four seed pods are also visible in this photo.
(Wood-Sorrel, Creeping (Oxalis corniculata) - 09
This is anther close-up look at a creeping wood-sorrel flower. We are
constantly being awed by the intricate attention to detail that went into
creating these flowers and the whole of God's creation.
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