One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small woodland plant with clover-like leaves and five-petaled flowers.
Genus Oxalis, family Oxalidaceae: several species, including the yellow-flowered creeping yellow wood sorrel (O. stricta) and the purple-flowered violet wood sorrel (O. violacea)
- ‘The plant looks like some class of a clover or even a wood sorrel to me.’
- ‘Venison (fresh and salted), wild boar, hazelnuts, berries, haws, crabapples, watercress, wood sorrel, and wild garlic are alluded to frequently as highly regarded wild foodstuffs.’
- ‘If you like spring flowers then there are primroses, coltsfoot, dogs mercury, wood sorrel and many other species.’
- ‘As a result, Forager charges fairly hefty prices for its wares: a flat rate of £15 per kilogram box, whether it be full of grey field blewit mushrooms, or a spicy and piquant selection of wood sorrel, wild chervil and dandelion leaves.’
- ‘A nice forest-edge path leads off, buds bursting on the trees, the ground carpeted by wood sorrel with its pretty white flowers and origami-folded vivid leaves.’
- ‘Areas cleared of rhododendrons will be recolonised with plants such as bluebells, wood sorrel and honeysuckle.’
- ‘It gathered flowers from the forest floor as they walked: yellow celandine and primrose, pale anemone, pink-veined wood sorrel, purple hepatica, lilac and plum violets.’
- ‘The yarn would usually be mordanted with oxalic acid from wood sorrel, iron, or even an alkaline solution made from stale urine.’
- ‘Magnificent displays of bluebells are out just now and the ground vegetation also has an abundance of foxgloves, heath bedstraw and wood sorrel.’
- ‘We went in on a path where the cottonwood trees towered high above us and the leaves cast patterns of sunlight on the wood sorrel road.’
- ‘The chef director is a fan of fresh spring salad leaves such as wood sorrel, bittercress, wild lamb's lettuce and ivy toadflax.’
- ‘Red mullet with tomato confit, watermelon, and buckwheat salad, fresh almonds and wood sorrel are all on the menu.’
- ‘Honeysuckle, fraochan, wood sorrel, bugle, blue-bell, few-flowered woodrush, royal fern, hay-scented buckler fern and foxglove all occur on the forest floor along with numerous mosses and liverworts.’
wood sorrel/wo͝od ˈsôrəl/
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