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WOOD SORREL

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Oxalis acetosella. N.O. Geraniaceae.

Synonym ► Allelujah, Cuckoo Sorrel. Habitat ► Woods and other shady situations.

Features ► Separate stem for each flower and leaf grows from root; they are round, slender, smooth, with a pinkish hue lower down. Leaves trifoliate, slightly hairy, yellow-green above, darkish purple underneath. Flowers five-petalled, white, purple veins, one to each slender flower stalk. Taste acid, rather lemon-like.

Part used ► Herb.

Action ► Diuretic, refrigerant.

Wineglass doses of the 1 ounce to 1 pint boiling water infusion may be given to feverish patients whenever a cooling medicine is desirable. It is also said to work well with other diuretics in certain urinary conditions.

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