Oxalis bifurca

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:27:43 PDT
I received Oxalis bifurca from Ernie De Marie and the BX last year. I 
like it a lot. I noticed it wasn't on the wiki so I have added photos today.

In trying to find text to add with it I got very confused. I have an 
Eastern Cape field guide that describes it as hairless above and 
flowering August to October. The plants I got from the BX have leaves 
that are definitely hairy and it started blooming (oops) in September 
in the Northern hemisphere. Also I found a flower photo from Cameron 
taken in habitat in January.  The Oxalis checklist has flowering time 
as June and also states it is glabrous above. The Plant List has this 
species listed as unresolved. So is this just one of those species 
that adapts to conditions and even though a summer rainfall species, 
can be grown on a winter rainfall schedule? Or is the plant that many 
of us are growing something else? Or could someone have described it 
first as hairless incorrectly and everyone is just copying that description?

I hope some of our Oxalis experts can help sort this out. Thanks.

Mary Sue

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