Least Yellow-sorrel - Oxalis exilis

    Alternative names
    Oxalis perennans

    Low, creeping, sometimes mat-forming plant, with creeping thread-like stems, leaflets only 2 to 6 mm always green. Flowers solitary, yellow, usually 5 stamens with and five without anthers.

    Similar Species

    Oxalis corniculata

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Smaller plant; usually single flowered inflorescences; 10 stamens, 5 with anthers, 5 without

    Recording advice

    Close up of flowers showing stamens


    On gravel covered drives, and near to habitation, nurseries, cultivated ground and waste places.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Scattered records from central and southern England but probably increasing.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent and increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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