Oxalidaceae / Wood Sorrel
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Uses: Several writers have indicated that the plant could quench thirst and it has been touted for its ability to heal
sores especially of the mouth, but old sores and "cancers" on the skin as well. It was also used to cool fevers and treat
urinary problems. Warning The plant contains oxalic acid which is toxic in very large
Similar Species: Mountain Woodsorrel, Oxalis montana, Violet Wood Sorrel, Oxalis violacea) Great Yellow Woodsorrel,
Oxalis grandis and Common Yellow Oxalis, Oxalis stricta
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves