Seeds of South Australia
Oxalis flava (Oxalidaceae)
Finger-leaf Oxalis
List of species for Oxalis
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Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Oxalis]
Name derivation:
Oxalis from the Greek 'oksos' meaning sour; referring to the taste of the leaves and stems caused by the oxalic acid, especially the flowering stalks of Oxalis pes-caprae.  Flava from the Latin 'flavus' meaning yellow; referring to its large trumpet-shaped flowers which can be yellow, white or pale lilac.
Distribution:
An introduced species native to South Africa and is recorded from the lower Eyre Peninsula, southern Mount Lofty ranges and the upper South-east in South Australia, probably a garden escape. Also found in Western Australia.
Status:
Introduced. Uncommon in South Australia. Uncommon in Western Australia.
Plant description:
Stemless perennial herb with an ovate bulb ovate to 3 cm long. Leaves in a tuft at soil level often not fully expanded, hairless, leathery, slightly succulent, smooth, greyish-green, with large brown stipules and divided into 2-12 narrow to elliptical, folded leaflets. Leaflets to 25 mm long and 7 mm wide, oblong-linear, linear to elliptical, channelled-connivent, each at first folded lengthwise, then expanded, obtuse or acute, with a small point. Inflorescence a single large trumpet-shaped flowers of white, yellow, or sometimes pale lilac. Flowering between April and September. 
Fruit type:
Long capsules but not known to produce any in Australia.
Seed type:
Not known to set seed in Australia