Oxalis corniculata, Yellow woodsorrel,
Hebrew: חמציץ קטן, Arabic: فصيلة ابرة الراعي, Egypt: خمض "Hamd"

Scientific name:  Oxalis corniculata L.
Common name:  Yellow woodsorrel
Hebrew name:  חמציץ קטן
Arabic name:  فصيلة ابرة الراعي
Egypt:  خمض "Hamd"
Family:  Oxalidaceae, חמציציים

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Life form:  Annual
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, trifoliate
Flowers:  Yellow
Flowering Period:   March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Habitat:   Cultivated areas
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Plurireginalbor-trop
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

 Oxalis corniculata, Yellow woodsorrel, חמציץ קטן , فصيلة ابرة الراعي

Derivation of the botanical name:
Oxalis, Greek oxys, acid, sour, sharp; referring to the taste of the leaves and the stem; Pliny used Latin oxalis, idis, for some species of Rumex.
corniculata, with a small hornlike appendage, curved in de form of a horn.
The Hebrew name: חמציץ, hamzitz, coined from חמץ (with reduplication of the צ) on the analogy of the name Oxalis, which derives from Latin oxalis (= a sort of sorrel).
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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