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Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta)
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Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 01
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 01) There are about 30 species of wood-sorrel in the United States of which the yellow wood-sorrel is the most common.  The yellow wood-sorrel blooms from May through October.  This photo was taken in early May just before the flowers of the yellow wood-sorrel had opened.  The yellow wood-sorrel is a low ground cover, as can be seen by comparing it with the blades of grass growing in its midst.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 02
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 02) In this close-up view of the yellow wood-sorrel, we can see more of the detail of the leaf structure, which is an easy way to identify this wild flower when not in bloom.  The three leaflets of the palmate leaf are heart shaped.  They look as though they had been folded, and it reminds me of when I was a child.  I was being taught how to make a paper heart for Valentines day by folding a piece of paper in half and then cutting half of the heart shape out from the fold.  When the paper was opened, we had perfect hearts, just like the leaflets of the yellow wood-sorrel.   Another way to confirm that it is a yellow wood-sorrel is to taste the leaflet.   It has a pleasant taste, somewhat like the sour taste of lemon, which is due to its oxalic acid content.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 03
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 03) Pictured here is the yellow wood-sorrel's first bloom of the season.   Each flower has five petals, ten stamens, and one pistil.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 04
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 04) In this 22 times larger than normal photo, the ten stamens of the yellow wood-sorrel are more plainly visible.  The splash of red near the base of each "segment" of each petal is almost invisible without enlargement.  These are some of the things that we marvel at when we consider all that God has created.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 05
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 05) Each yellow wood-sorrel flower has slightly different details than the other flowers we have examined, much like our fingerprints.  Note the differences in the curl of some of the petals and the differences in the veining and red marks.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 07
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 07) A patch of yellow wood-sorrel (viewed twice normal size in this photo) growing through the rip-rap along the shore of Sleepy Hollow Lake.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 08
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 08) This is another look at the yellow wood-sorrel that is growing in the rip-rap along the edge of the lake.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 08a
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 08a) This is a closer look at the patch of yellow wood-sorrel.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 09
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 09) These yellow wood-sorrel are growing with other wildflowers in the rip-rap.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 10
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 10) This is another look at a yellow wood-sorrel flower.
Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 11
(Yellow Wood-Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) - 11) This is another look at a yellow wood-sorrel flower.

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