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And it should have pink flowers!



Author:  Giovanni Ignazio Molina, 1810
Origin:  South America
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3 centimetres
Height:  20 centimetres
Flower:  Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Oxalis rubrotincta Lindl., Oxalis magellanica Forst, "Oxalis carnosum".
This member of the Oxalidaceae family was described by Giovanni Ignazio Molina in 1810. Its found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Growing in a well-drained soil with lots of water and sun. The flowers are pink and cleistogamous - they are self-fertilised even before they open. When the fruit is ripe, a special mechanism is set off. The stem and small caudex will get 3 centimetres in diameter, the stems grow to 10 centimetres.

The genera name means 'sharp, pungent', as to leaf taste. The species name reefers to the flesh-coloured flowers.

WARNING: This plant will spread fast, thanks to it's exploding seed-capsules.

This species has been constantly misidentified as Oxalis megalorrhiza, Jacquin 1794 since the publication of coloured plates by Lindley in 1827, and Hooker in 1828. However, Dandy & Young, 1959 resolved the problem, and later Porter in 1974 concisely explained the situation. Despite this, resent work on succulents, notably Jacobsen in 1960, Rha & Subik in 1981 and Rowley in 1987 have continued with the use of the illegitimate and misapplied name.

This is a winter-grower, but do fine all year.