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Brakelbos before the bluebells
Belgium, Brakel, Vlaamse Ardennen (Flemish Ardennes)
Common wood sorrel Wikipedia (Lat. Oxalis acetosella , Dutch Witte Klaverzuring )
Common Wood-sorrel is a plant from the genus Oxalis, common in most of Europe and parts of Asia. The binomial name is Oxalis acetosella, because of its sour taste. In much of its range it is the only member of its genus and hence simply known as “the” wood-sorrel.
The plant has heart-shaped leaves, folded through the middle, that occur in groups of three atop a reddish brown stalk. It flowers for a few months during the spring, with small white flowers with pink streaks. Red or violet flowers also occur rarely.During the night or when it rains both flowers and leaves contract.
Use – Wood sorrel has been eaten by humans for millennia. In Dr. James Duke’s “Handbook of Edible Weeds,” he notes that the Kiowa Indian tribe chewed wood sorrel to alleviate thirst on long trips, that the Potawatomi Indians cooked it with sugar to make a dessert, the Algonquin Indians considered it an aphrodisiac, the Cherokee tribe ate wood sorrel to alleviate mouth sores and a sore throat, and the Iroquois ate wood sorrel to help with cramps, fever and nausea. Wood sorrel, like spinach and broccoli, contains oxalic acid which is considered slightly toxic because it interferes with food digestion and the absorption of some trace minerals. However, the U.S. National Institutes of Health have determined that the negative effects of oxalic acid are generally of little or no nutritional consequence in persons who eat a variety of foods. An oxalate called “sal acetosella” was formerly extracted from the plant, through boiling.
(ID request – Solved!)
(Clover like leaves, but the white purple-veined flowers with their redbrown flower stem don’t look like a clover at all…
Any help with identifying these fragile spring flowers would be much appreciated!)
Thanks a lot to Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters For the help with identifying these pretty little flowers!
Brakelbos, Belgium, Vlaamse Ardennen
We were just a little early this year, to visit Brakelbos (Brakel Woods) in the Flemish Ardennes (Belgium) – The bluebells, that use to cover the ground of this beautiful beeches-wood were not flowering yet. Only the friendly white flowers of the wood anemone, (also called windflower or thimbleweed Wikipedia ) and some other less notable spring flowers were decorating the woods floor already.
Hopefully in a months time, we’ll be back (and not too late) for the bluebells too :)
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/90 sec, f. unknown
focal length 180 mm , ISO 200
Date: March 27, 2011
TAGS : Belgium, Brakel, Brakelbos, nature, woods, forest, flowers, fragile, white, purple veined, green, brown, seasons, spring
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