It has a narrow, creeping stem that readily roots at the nodes. The
trifoliate leaves are subdivided into three rounded leaflets and
resemble a clover in shape. Some varieties have green leaves, while
others have purple leaves.The leaves have inconspicuous stipules at
the base of each petioles.
The fruit is a narrow, cylindrical capsule, 1 to 2 cm long and
noteworthy for its explosive discharge of the contained, 1 mm long
This species is cosmopolitan in its distribution, and its place of
origin is unknown. It is regarded as weed in gardens, agricultural
fields, and lawns.
The leaves of wood sorrel are quite edible, with a tangy taste. A
drink can be made by infusing the leaves in hot water for about 10
minutes, sweetening and then chilling. The entire plant is rich in
Vitamin C. Although wood sorrel is safe in low dosages, it must be
noted that if eaten in large quantities over a length of time it can
inhibit calcium absorption by the body.
Medical use: Aerial part employed as hemostatic, stomatitis,
diuretic, emmenagogue, anti-inflammation, antiscorbutic and as
eyedrops for itching lid; fight against cough,hepatitis,
hypertension and urithritis. Against boils and itchiness, Apply for
burns., figths common warts and counters ringworm. Apply on wounds.
and used as anti-perspirant.