Oxalis caprina or Oxalis incarnata?

Claude Sweet claudesweet@cox.net
Fri, 30 May 2003 21:32:36 PDT
Mary Sue,

I will have extra bulbs and bulbils to share if anyone is interested.

This plant, whatever its species, has a very interesting stem and branch 
structure. It presents a mound like appearance when in full flower.

I was hoping someone might have extra oxalis incarnata bulbs to share so 
I could  make a comparison.

The bulbils really do look like seed pods. I had not examined the plant 
stems closely prior to the suggestion that O. incarnata formed bulbils. 
This just shows how valuable these forums are in exchanging useful 

Claude Sweet
San Diego, CA

Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> Dear Claude,
> This was my mystery plant. I called it Oxalis sp. on the wiki and just 
> wrote that Diana thought it could be O. caprina.  She was only 
> speculating. Mine has started to dry up, but that may just be because 
> I have stopped watering it. It is the longest blooming Oxalis I have. 
> (October to April). Maybe I could keep it going longer had I kept 
> watering it. Mine have liked shade better than sun too and they do 
> fine with a summer dormancy. My tag says BX ? but I am wondering if my 
> friend Jana gave them to me from some she got from the BX. Mine have 
> what I thought at first was seed in the leaf axils, but then decided 
> was bulbs even though they look different from the  bulbs in the pot. 
> I conclude that my plant is the same as yours.
> Cape Plants lists an Oxalis incarnata and it seems to be native to 
> both summer and winter rainfall areas, has white or pale lilac flowers 
> with a greenish tube. Not much from the description to nail it for me. 
> The book says bloom from January to April so mine is blooming at the 
> same time in this hemisphere as this plant does in South Africa if 
> that is what it is. I'll be happy to correct the wiki picture and add 
> this other possible name as well.
> Mary Sue

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