Species Factsheet

Oxalis pes-caprae


Complete name: Oxalis pes-caprae L.
Taxonomy: Magnoliophyta » Magnoliophyta » Rosopsida » Oxalidales » Oxalidaceae » Oxalis pes-caprae
Authors: Phil Lambdon
Last updated: November 3rd, 2006

Common Names

Bermuda buttercup (U.K.), soursob (Australia), yellow sorrel, sourgrass, sour sorrel (South Africa) .


Bolboxalis cernua (Thunb.) Small
Oxalis cernua Thunb.
Oxalis libica Viv.
Oxalis pes-caprae L.
Oxalis pleniflora Lanfranco

Short Description

A short perennial herb forming large clonal colonies reproducing by annual bulbs. Flowering takes place between January and March, and is synchronous across the colony, producing spectacular displays of 1-5 pedicels with large cup-shaped bright yellow flowers with 5 yellow petals. Plants die back by late spring.