Species Detail

Oxalis spp. L.
Wood sorrel


Scientific Name:  
Oxalis spp. L.
Common Name:  
Wood sorrel
Myaamia Name:  
wiihkapeepiikwi
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Fall, Spring
Habitats:  
Oak Forest including Oak-Hickory, Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Conifer Shrubland and Forest, Human-Disturbed Areas
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Tree, Vine

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Oxalis spp. L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Description  Oxalis acetosella is the only wood sorrel mentioned in Small; yet there are five other Oxalis species that were present in the area at that time.
No Reference Specified Use - Unknown  "wikapipikwi; . . . a weed called sheep-sour; leaves like clover; white people make pies of it"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  eaten while hunting to keep hunger at bay
Botanical Sources  
Oxalis spp. L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Occurs in various habitats; often as a weed. Both native and non-native species
Related Sources  
Oxalis spp. L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Human charred remains of Oxalis sp. were recovered at an early Miami Village Site at the forks of the Wabash River (Ft Wayne), 1795-1812 (Ehler Site).