Cape sorrel. The new version?

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Cape sorrel. The new version?

Post by Conchiolin » Tue May 08, 2007 5:03 pm

Hi all! I was stretching my legs down the street when i saw this little version of the Cape sorrel insomma long story short, it was a hell different than the normal one and i think it's more adapted to heat because it's still in flower. I hope it doesn't spread.

I don't know perhaps it's due to the lack of nutrients or water that made this plant different but i think i saw more than one of these.

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The flowers are smaller and the stalks are different in colour (even the leaves).
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The leaves are more hairy and little and more close to each other.
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Post by Conchiolin » Tue May 08, 2007 5:04 pm

sorry if the pic of the flower is a bit blurry i was in hurry!
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Post by robcar » Tue May 08, 2007 7:02 pm

That is not the Cape sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae) but rather the Creeping wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata) - it is quite frequent in late Spring

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue May 08, 2007 7:57 pm

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Post by Conchiolin » Tue May 08, 2007 9:09 pm

sorry oops i perhaps should have posted this in the id section.

Wow call me an idiot but i thought there was only one species of the oxalis in here apart from the ornamental one (the one with pinkish flowers)

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Interesting and thanks very much :D
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Post by MWP admin » Tue May 08, 2007 10:24 pm

And if it is mostly erect instead creeping, than it is the very rare Oxalis fontana featured on the website, however from the dark leaves it should be the frequent Oxalis corniculata.

Talking about Oxalsi I have found 2 forms of Oxalis pes-caprae, one having a pale yellow colour ans smaller and another with 2 rows of petals !!! Photos still not ready. I have reported the first one about a year ago.
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Post by MWP admin » Tue May 08, 2007 10:26 pm

By the way, the Oxalis corniculata (and fontana) unlike the common Oxalis pes-caprae, do form seeds and have a very unique way of dispersing them. Read it all on the profile of O. fontana on my site.
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Post by Biri » Sun May 18, 2014 8:53 pm

I saw a specimen growing in a crack between road and pavement at st Luke`s Hospital.

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Post by IL-PINE » Sun May 18, 2014 9:37 pm

It is frequent in towns

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Post by MWP admin » Mon May 19, 2014 8:28 am

More interesting would be the finding of Oxalis fontana, same habitat as O. corniculata but much rare. Another beautiful Oxalis is O. debilis with purple flowers and not invasive in our islands as their Cape sister, a garden escape in towns and old rural paths, but now it disappeared from such sites. Once I found one at Naxxar and managed to propagate it, but few years later I forgot dry for an entire Summer and passed away RIP!
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Post by IL-PINE » Mon May 19, 2014 10:08 pm

Oxalis fontana I have never seen. The purple flowered Oxalis I have in my garden and my mother's garden - I have never really identified it but I presume it is the debilis.

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Post by MWP admin » Tue May 20, 2014 5:19 am

If you give a quick look at the Oxalis section of the website you would have the answer immediately.
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Post by IL-PINE » Tue May 20, 2014 9:43 am

forsi ghandek zball :)

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue May 20, 2014 9:51 am

it is :)

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