Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalis cernua,
Nodding Wood-sorrel,
Hebrew: חמציץ נטוי, Arabic: حمصيص

Scientific name:  Oxalis pes-caprae L.
Synonym name:  Oxalis cernua Thunb.
Common name:  Nodding Wood-sorrel
Hebrew name:   חמציץ נטוי
Arabic name:  حمصيص
Plant Family:  Oxalidaceae, חמציציים

Israel Flores Silvestres

Life form:   Geophyte
Stems:  Sparsely pubescent
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, compound, trifoliate
Inflorescence:  Umbellate cymes
Flowers:  Infundibuliform (shaped like a funnel); yellow petals 20-25 mm
Fruits / pods:  Capsule
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, December
Habitat:  Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:   Plurireginalbor-trop
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalis cernua, Nodding Wood-sorrel, חמציץ נטוי


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.
pescaprae, pes, foot; capra, goat; foot of the goat, alluding to the shape of the leaflet.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Thunb. is used to indicate Carl Peter Thunberg (1743 – 1828), a Swedish naturalist.

Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalis cernua, Nodding Wood-sorrel, חמציץ נטוי


Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalis cernua, Nodding Wood-sorrel, חמציץ נטוי