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Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)
Small herbaceous plant with characteristic triple leaves.
Common among the moss on the ground in deciduous woodlands.
The leaves make a tasty, acid snack with a lemony flavour, and can be used in salads and as a garnish. They can also be brewed into a refreshing tea.
The leaves are available from spring through to late autumn.
CAUTION: This plant should not be eaten in large quantities, particularly by small children. The leaves contain oxalic acid, which is poisonous in large doses.