West Highland Flora

Wood Sorrel


Oxalis acetosella

 

Oxalis acetosella

Photo Patrick Butler

Common in woods and shady places.  Thrives in conifer plantations.

Flower diameter c 1.3 cm

ID: Unmistakeable.  When not in flower leaves might be taken for clovers, but they are paler green, softer, easily folding about the midrib, and with red stems.

Other features: Gaelic name Seamrag (pronounced Shamrock).  As St Patrick observed, the leaflets are three persons with one nature.

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Oxalis acetosella

Photo Carl Farmer
26 May 2002 Portree, Skye

 

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