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Genus: Oxalis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Oxalidales > Family: Oxalidaceae

About 700 species (cosmopolitan, greatest diversity in South America and South Africa), of which 203 species are native to southern Africa and two species that are naturalised. An additional seven species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Oxalis adenodes

 

Oxalis adspersa

 

Oxalis albiuscula

 

Oxalis algoensis

 

Oxalis ambigua

 

Oxalis amblyodonta

 

Oxalis amblyosepala

 

Oxalis annae

 

Oxalis anomala

 

Oxalis anthelmintica

 

Oxalis argillacea

 

Oxalis argyrophylla

 

Oxalis aridicola

 

Oxalis attaquana

 

Oxalis aurea

Oxalis ausensis

 

Oxalis beneprotecta

 

Oxalis bifida

 

Oxalis bifurca

 

Oxalis blastorrhiza

 

Oxalis bowiei

 

Oxalis burkei

Oxalis burtoniae

 

Oxalis callosa

Oxalis calvinensis

 

Oxalis camelopardalis

 

Oxalis campicola

 

Oxalis campylorrhiza

 

Oxalis capillacea

 

Oxalis caprina

Oxalis cathara

 

Oxalis ciliaris

 

Oxalis clavifolia

 

Oxalis commutata

 

Oxalis comosa

Oxalis compressa

 

Oxalis comptonii

 

Oxalis confertifolia

 

Oxalis convexula

 

Oxalis copiosa

 

Oxalis corniculata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Oxalis creaseyi

 

Oxalis crispula

 

Oxalis crocea

 

Oxalis cuneata

 

Oxalis davyana

 

Oxalis densa

 

Oxalis depressa

Oxalis deserticola

 

Oxalis dichotoma  

 

Oxalis dilatata

 

Oxalis dines

 

Oxalis disticha

Oxalis dregei

Oxalis droseroides

Oxalis duriuscula

 

Oxalis ebracteata

 

Oxalis eckloniana

 

Oxalis engleriana

 

Oxalis ericifolia

 

Oxalis exserta

 

Oxalis extensa

 

Oxalis fabifolia

Oxalis falcatula

 

Oxalis fergusonae

 

Oxalis fibrosa

 

Oxalis flava

Oxalis flaviuscula

 

Oxalis fourcadei

 

Oxalis foveolata

 

Oxalis fragilis

 

Oxalis furcillata

 

Oxalis giftbergensis

 

Oxalis glabra

Native to the Western Cape, on sandy flats and lower slopes from Clanwilliam to Caledon. The underground stolons and runners enable it to form large carpets of plants, which form a mass of colour when in flower (April to November).

Oxalis goniorrhiza

 

Oxalis gracilipes

 

Oxalis gracilis

Oxalis grammopetala

 

Oxalis grammophylla

 

Oxalis haedulipes

 

Oxalis hantamensis

 

Oxalis heidelbergensis

 

Oxalis helicoides

 

Oxalis henrici

 

Oxalis heterophylla

Oxalis hirsuta

 

Oxalis hirta

Oxalis hygrophila

 

Oxalis imbricata

 

Oxalis inaequalis

 

Oxalis incarnata

Oxalis inconspicua

 

Oxalis involuta

 

Oxalis ioeides

 

Oxalis kamiesbergensis

 

Oxalis knuthiana

 

Oxalis lanata

 

Oxalis lasiorrhiza

 

Oxalis latifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

Oxalis lawsonii

 

Oxalis laxicaulis

 

Oxalis leipoldtii

 

Oxalis leptocalyx

 

Oxalis leptogramma

 

Oxalis levis

 

Oxalis lichenoides

 

Oxalis lindaviana

 

Oxalis linearis

Oxalis lineolata

 

Oxalis livida

Oxalis louisae

 

Oxalis luederitzii

 

Oxalis luteola

Oxalis macra

 

Oxalis marlothii

 

Oxalis massoniana

 

Oxalis meisneri

Oxalis melanograpta

 

Oxalis melanosticta

Oxalis microdonta

 

Oxalis minuta

 

Oxalis monophylla

 

Oxalis multicaulis

 

Oxalis namaquana

 

Oxalis natans

 

Oxalis nidulans

 

Oxalis nortieri

 

Oxalis obliquifolia

Oxalis obtusa

Oxalis oculifera

 

Oxalis odorata

 

Oxalis oligophylla

 

Oxalis orbicularis

 

Oxalis oreithala

 

Oxalis oreophila

 

Oxalis orthopoda

 

Oxalis pallens

 

Oxalis palmifrons

 

Oxalis pardalis

Oxalis pendulifolia

 

Oxalis perineson

 

Oxalis pes-caprae (Cape sorrel)

A geophyte native to Namibia and South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape). Occurs as a weed in many parts of the World.

Oxalis petiolulata

 

Oxalis petraea

 

Oxalis phloxidiflora

 

Oxalis pillansiana

 

Oxalis pocockiae

 

Oxalis polyphylla

Oxalis porphyriosiphon

 

Oxalis primuloides

 

Oxalis psammophila

 

Oxalis pseudo-cernua

 

Oxalis pseudo-hirta

 

Oxalis psilopoda

 

Oxalis pulchella

 

Oxalis pulvinata

 

Oxalis punctata

 

Oxalis purpurascens

 

Oxalis purpurata

 

Oxalis purpurea

Oxalis pusilla

 

Oxalis reclinata

 

Oxalis recticaulis

Oxalis reflexa

 

Oxalis rhomboidea

 

Oxalis robinsonii

 

Oxalis rubro-punctata

 

Oxalis salteri

 

Oxalis schaeferi

 

Oxalis semiloba

Oxalis senecta

Oxalis setosa

 

Oxalis simplex

 

Oxalis smithiana

Oxalis sonderiana

Oxalis stellata

 

Oxalis stenopetala

 

Oxalis stenoptera

 

Oxalis stenorrhyncha

 

Oxalis stictocheila

 

Oxalis stokoei

 

Oxalis strigosa

 

Oxalis suavis

 

Oxalis subsessilis

 

Oxalis suteroides

 

Oxalis tenella

 

Oxalis tenuifolia

 

Oxalis tenuipes

 

Oxalis tenuis

 

Oxalis tomentosa

 

Oxalis tragopoda

 

Oxalis truncatula

 

Oxalis tysonii

 

Oxalis uliginosa

 

Oxalis variifolia

 

Oxalis versicolor (Candycane sorrel)

White flowers with yellow centres and distinctive reddish-purple margins on the underside of the petals. When the flower if furled it appears as a column of spiraling reddish-purple and white bands reminiscent of a candycane, hence the common name. Native to flats and slopes in the southwestern region of the Western Cape.

Oxalis versicolor (Candycane sorrel)

Oxalis virginea

 

Oxalis viscidula

 

Oxalis viscosa

 

Oxalis xantha

 

Oxalis zeekoevleyensis

 

Oxalis zeyheri

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Oxalis corniculata

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Oxalis latifolia

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Oxalis hedysaroides

 

Oxalis lasiandra

Native to Mexico.

 

Oxalis megalorrhiza

[= Oxalis carnosa]

Native to Chile.

 

Oxalis rosea

Native to Chile.

 

Oxalis tetraphylla

[= Oxalis deppei]

Native to Mexico.

 

Oxalis triangularis

 

Oxalis vulcanicola

Native from Salvador to Panama.

 

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