Oxalis pes-caprae var. pleniflora, Oxalis cernua, Bolboxalis cernua,
Bermuda Buttercup, Cape Sorrel, African Wood-Sorrel,
Soursob, Sour Grass, חמציץ נטוי

Scientific name:  Oxalis pes-caprae var. pleniflora L.
Synonym name:  Oxalis cernua Thunb., Bolboxalis cernua Thunb.
Common name:  Bermuda Buttercup, Cape Sorrel, African Wood-Sorrel, Soursob, Sour Grass
Hebrew name:   חמציץ נטוי
Family:  Oxalidaceae, חמציציים

פרחים וצמחי בר, דיווחי פריחה, חמציץ נטוי

Life form:   Geophyte
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, compound, trifoliate, divided into 3 round heart-shaped leaflets, arranged in a whorl with all the leaflets of roughly equal size.
Flowers:  Beautiful rich yellow double flower; the buds and the upper part of the flowering stalks has a cupper brown colour.
Flowering Period:  January, February, March, December
Habitat:  Disturbed habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:   Plurireginalbor-trop
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Oxalis pes-caprae var. pleniflora, Oxalis cernua, Bolboxalis cernua, Bermuda Buttercup, Cape Sorrel, African Wood-Sorrel, Soursob, Sour Grass, 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.
pleniflora, with double flower.
  • 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.

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