Wood sorrel is small plant which is often found as weed all over the
It is often called yellow wood sorrel or sleeping beauty, specie that is
fragile and herbaceous.
The plant is small creeper which grows from the nodes and has been
administer for various edible and medicinal uses.
The branches of wood sorrel are erect, creeping, about 30 cm long borne
with small hairs while the roots are fibrous and branched.
The leaves are small, slightly ovate and about 4-12 mm long and 10-20 mm
The flowers are inflorescence yellow growing in cluster of 1-6 and
petals are 6-7 m long.
Fruit is cylindrical capsule 1-2 cm long containing seeds.
Wood sorrel is considered as weed and often found in gardens, waste
lands, roadsides and hedges.
It thrives best in well-drained and loamy soil but acidic in nature,
preferring no shade.
Water, fat, protein, carbohydrate, calcium, phosphorus, iron, niacin,
vitamin C and beta carotene.
Wood sorrel possesses various medicinal actions like anthelmintic,
astringent, antiscorbutic, diuretic, stomachic, febrifuge and styptic.
The whole plant is edible and used in salads to be eaten raw.
Leaves and flowers are used as remedy for fever, influenza, diarrhea,
traumatic injuries and urinary tract infections.
Leaves also work as an antidote for poison such as snakebite, datura.
The infusion of this plant is useful remedy for hookworms and leaves
extract can be used externally to apply on skin rashes and eruptions,
insect bites and burns.