Oxalis obliquifolia Steud. ex A.Rich.

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Oxalis obliquifolia

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Nyanga rd at Juliasdale

Oxalis obliquifolia

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Small Bridge Dam

Oxalis obliquifolia

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Small Bridge Dam

Oxalis obliquifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Oxalis obliquifolia

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Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Oxalis obliquifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

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Common names: Sorrel (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a vertical rhizome, bearing small bulbs. Flowers solitary, up to 2.5 cm in diameter, mauve or pink, sometimes with a yellow or greenish centre; peduncle up to 9 cm long.
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Habitat: A species of woodland and grassland in moist places.
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Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozzambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 60 - 61. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 223.

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

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

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 93.

Exell, A.W. (1963). Oxalidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 155 - 156.

Exell, A.W. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 35. Oxalidaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 7 - 8.

Kabuye, C.H.S. (1971). Oxalidaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 6 - 7.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 283. (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 66.

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

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 142 - 143.

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Flora of Zambia: Oxalis obliquifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Oxalis obliquifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Oxalis obliquifolia
African Plant Database: Oxalis obliquifolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Oxalis obliquifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Oxalis obliquifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Oxalis obliquifolia
Plants of the World Online: Oxalis obliquifolia
Tropicos: Oxalis obliquifolia
Wikipedia: Oxalis obliquifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Oxalis obliquifolia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132830, retrieved 25 March 2023

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