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Oxalis exilis A.Cunn. APNI*
Description: Caespitose or procumbent herb; branches ascending or creeping, to 35 cm long, very sparsely hairy, with hairs mostly antrorse; roots fibrous; bulbs absent.
Leaves cauline, tufted, 3-foliolate; leaflets cuneate-obovate, bilobed, sinus to a sixth to a third the length of leaflet; lobes obovate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, with lobe apices obtuse and 2–3 mm apart; petiole 1.5–9 cm long; stipules conspicuous with apex lobed or truncate, or inconspicuous with apex tapering to petiole.
Inflorescences 1- or 2-flowered. Petals 4.5–9 mm long, yellow.
Fruit erect or reflexed, usually held above the leaves, short, conical to cylindrical, 5–6.5 mm long, 2–2.5 mm diam.; outer surface with simple retrorse hairs; seeds ribbed.
Flowering: chiefly Oct.–May.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on coastal sands or often on humus-rich or peaty creek-flats; widespread, south from the Border Ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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