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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Yellow and Violet Wood Sorrel

Yellow (Oxalis dillenii) and Violet (Oxalis violacea)Wood Sorrel

        The Violet and Yellow Wood Sorrels are close relatives, the color being the primary difference. The Yellow Wood Sorrel produces a yellow flower and the Violet Wood Sorrel produces a pink or purple flower. The two species share other similar characteristics such as the flower shape, size and leaves. Both the Yellow and Violet Wood Sorrel have small flowers around one half inch in diameter or larger and small heart shaped leaves which fold and close at night.
        The Yellow and Violet wood Sorrels are found across the eastern two thirds of the United States, with the Yellow Wood Sorrel being far more more common than the Violet. The Violet Wood Sorrel is considered endangered or threatened species in some northern states.
        Both Wood Sorrels leaves have a sour taste and can be eaten raw. They are rich in vitamin C and contain oxalic acid which should not be eaten in large quantities. In the past, in addition to food, the Wood Sorrel plant has been used to treat stomach problems and scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency. A tasty citrus tasting drink may also be made from the leaves

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