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Large-flowered Wood-sorrel - introduced (*Oxalis purpurea)

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Family: Oxalidaceae (Wood-sorrel family).

Native of South Africa.

Occurrence: Widespread. It is found in a wide range of habitats, including native vegetation, and may be locally abundant, particularly near or in cemeteries.

Identification: The leaves and flowers are much larger than other wood sorrels.

  • the flowers are large and usually red
  • the leaves are clover-like (with three almost round leaflets)
  • the flower stalks are short, so that the flowers are held above the leaves
  • the leaves arise from the base of the plant.
  • It is a perennial. It can spread from underground stems, and from bulbs.

    Photos 1, 2 The throat is often yellow. Maldon Historic Area. 3: White and red flowered forms. Maldon Cemetery.