Texas Oxalis?

John C. MacGregor jonivy@earthlink.net
Sat, 06 Mar 2010 16:22:17 PST
On Mar 6, 2010, at 1:32 PM, Justin Smith wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone could identify this oxalis that I have  
> growing in my yard. I dug one up a couple of years ago and put in a  
> pot but it so far has failed to multiply.
> http://flickr.com/photos/oothal/…


Unfortunately, your photo does not show the foliage or the  
configuration of the plant--or more importantly, the root.  The  
flowers look like those of the very common oxalis popularly known as  
Oxalis rubra, a native of Brazil.  This species was reclassified in  
1982 as:
Oxalis articulata subsp. rubra (A. St.-Hil.) Lourteig in Phytologia 50 
(2): 137. 1982.

It spreads via seed or by breaking off the bulblets that form around  
the main translucent whitish carrot-shaped root during cultivation or  

John C. MacGregor
South Pasadena, CA
USDA Zone 9
Sunset Zones 21/23

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