What's going on here (Oxalis)

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:26:59 PDT
Dear Friends,

	I truly appreciate all the responses. Just a bit more back ground info:

	This is a self sown plant, but I do recall getting an O. compressa ( lost the terminal ‘a’ along the way somewhere), but after the responses, I can find no hint of compressed ‘anything’ leading me to believe it is O. pes-caprae which also gives more sense to its weedy proclivities. 

	This is NOT a small plant. Th entire length of plant from bulb to tip of flower scapes is around 32 inches- over 2 and 1/2 feet long. Individual flowers are over 1 in across.

	Although I seem to have pulled plenty of these out of the gravel floor of my greenhouse, I just donj’t recall this odd stolon.

	I gather that it is far from uncommon and others have seen this.  I do not grow many Oxalis purposely and pull almost all seedlings eventually.

	Perhaps this has shared the odd structures with other Oxalis novices like me. Thanks for the input and expertise.			Jim W. 

On Mar 29, 2017, at 3:04 AM, Peter Taggart <petersirises@gmail.com> wrote:

looks like a 'keiki' on a 'stolon',  all ordinary behaviour for many
Peter (UK)

> 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.

Dr. James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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