May. 10, 2021

creeping woodsorrel, Oxalis corniculata

Alhamd lilah! Hhamdid? Woodsorrrel or hhamdid or any other name in most every language, this one gets around. Where it probably started out in southeast Asia, it might be cu-jiang-cao. By no later than 1500 ossalide reached Italy. Kids all over the world probably nibble Oxalis leaves just like I did. Depending on need, their parents might eat this too. But not too much! All that oxalic acid! And there's another name thing. Which came first? Oxalic or ossalide? When people aren't nibbling, they might use this medicinally as an anthelmintic, antiscorbutic, antiphlog, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, lithontripic, stomachic, stiptic, or just for whatever ails you. And now after its long history, woodsorrel is mostly a weed that kids occasionally might nibble. Those kids could be in any state except AK, CO, IA KS, MN, NE, or in BC, MB, NS, ON, PE, QE, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 5/7/11. Woodsorrel family, Oxalidaceae.