What's going on here (Oxalis)

David Pilling david@davidpilling.com
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:29:27 PDT

Jim Waddick asked me to post the following question and pictures (on the 
wiki page).


Here's a plant of Oxalis compress with large double flowers, but what is 
going on here.? The flowers are part of a good size clump of leaves, but 
then there is a near leafless stem going down almost a foot to end in a 
tiny corm barely under the soil. Unfortunately a greenhouse weed.

Notice that the clump of foliage is NOT resting on the ground and has no 
hint of roots. Also note the picture of the tiny tuber. The tuber is 
attached to the main stem and there is a small bud just starting to 
develop where the tuber meets the stem. A lot of odd structures here.

Apparently the 3 billion users of FaceBook have failed to solve the 
mystery. Time to ask the experts.

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David Pilling

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