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Plant Details

Oxalis montana

Mountain Woodsorrel, American Wood-sorrel, White Wood-sorrel

Scientific Name:

Oxalis montana

Common Name:

Mountain Woodsorrel, American Wood-sorrel, White Wood-sorrel

Plant Family

Oxalidaceae (Wood-Sorrel Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

white, light pink

Size in Feet:

.25 - .4

Light:

shade, part-shade

Soil Moisture:

mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

May - July

Bloom Area:

uncommon in Mountains

Patch of Mountain Woodsorrel

This is an uncommon plant, preferring spruce-fir forests or northern hardwood forests at high elevations.

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Paynter, Watauga Co, June 2011

Flower

Mountain Woodsorrel also has cleistogamous flowers, often hidden in the leaf litter. These flowers do not open and are self-fertilized inside the bud, an insurance policy in case the plant fails to attract pollinators.

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Leaves

The leaves fold up at the end of the day.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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