This member of the Oxalidaceae
family was described by Carl von Linnaeus in 1753. It was (first) found
in Southern Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water
and lots of sun. The long root will grow to two centimetres in
diameter, the whole plant reach for 10 centimetres - or way more, if
it don't get light enough. The flowers are
bright yellow, and beside from seeds, the plant can be reproduced by
dividing of the roots.
Africa (and many more!)
buttercup, African wood-sorrel, Bermuda sorrel, Buttercup
oxalis, Cape sorrel, English weed, Goat's-foot, Sourgrass,
cernua, Kuntze, 1891. Acetosella ehrenbergii, Kuntze,
1891. Oxalis burmannii Jacq. 1794. Oxalis concinna,
Salisb. 1796. Oxalis ehrenbergii Schltdl. 1838. Oxalis
Thunb.1781. Bolboxalis cernua Small,
1907. Oxalis grandiflora Arechav. 1900. Oxalis
kuibisensis R. Knuth, 1927.Oxalis lybica Viv.1824
The genera name means 'sharp,
pungent', as to leaf taste. The species name means 'goat's foot'.
plant will spread fast, thanks to it's exploding seed-capsules.