Oxalis corniculata L.

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Oxalis corniculata

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Synonyms: Oxalis corniculata L. var. corniculata
Oxalis corniculata L. var. radicosa (A. Rich.) Roti Mich.
Oxalis radicosa A. Rich.
Common names: Jimson weed (English) Yellow sorrel (English)
Status: Introduced
Annual herb, without bulbs. Stems procumbent or ascending, less often erect, often rooting at the nodes, with spreading hairs. Leaflets: lamina 3-15 × 5-20 mm, obcordate-cuneate, pubescent; apex deeply emarginate. Flowers yellow, in 1-6-flowered bracteate pseudumbels. Petals 8-10 mm. Capsule exserted, cylindric, ± 5-angled.
Derivation of specific name: corniculata: with a small horn-like appendage
Habitat: A weed of disturbed places, especially in gardens and lawns.
Altitude range: Up to 2300 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Cosmopolitan weed
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Zizeeria knysna (Food plant)
Zizula hylax (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 September 2018

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 41. As Oxalis corniculata corniculata and O. corniculata radicosa

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27. As Oxalis corniculata corniculata

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 156.

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Exell, A.W. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 35. Oxalidaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Page 3.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 302. (Includes a picture).

Kabuye, C.H.S. (1971). Oxalidaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 3 - 5. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 211. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 65.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 83.

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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 91.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 34. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Oxalis corniculata
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Oxalis corniculata
Flora of Mozambique: Oxalis corniculata
Flora of Zambia: Oxalis corniculata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Oxalis corniculata
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Oxalis corniculata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Oxalis corniculata
African Plant Database: Oxalis corniculata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Oxalis corniculata
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Tropicos: Oxalis corniculata
Wikipedia: Oxalis corniculata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Oxalis corniculata.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132800, retrieved 19 April 2024

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