Oxalis pes-caprae L. APNI*
Synonyms: Oxalis cernua Thunb. APNI*
Description: Herb with stem hardly exserted, only developed when plants are crowded or shaded; bulbs ovoid, 2–3 cm long, pointed, outer surface brown; bulbils formed on a white fleshy rhizome and in axils of basal leaves.
Leaves numerous, crowded at the apex of the rhizome, 3-foliolate; leaflets cuneate-obcordate, bilobed, sinus about a quarter the length of leaflet; lobes oblong, 5–30 mm long, 3.5–22 mm wide, with lobe apices rounded and 10–35 mm apart; petiole 5–20 cm long; stipules abruptly tapering into petiole.
Inflorescences 3–25-flowered. Petals 15–25 mm long, yellow.
Fruit not known in Aust.
Flowering: chiefly May–November, also to February
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, in gardens and orchards, along roadsides and arable land. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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