Procumbent Yellow-sorrel - Oxalis corniculata


    Low to short rather hairy plant with creeping stems rooting at the nodes. Bronze-coloured leaves alternate, long stalked; leaflets heart shaped. Flowers yellow with petals 4 to 7 mm, in small 1 to 7 flowered umbels.

    Similar Species

    Oxalis exilis

    Identification difficulty
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    Often purplish bronze leaves.  Larger plant, inflorescences several-flowered; 10 stamens, usually all with anthers

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    Close up of flowers showing stamens


    Dry, open places, often around habitation.

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    Life History

    Probably naturalised from garden escapes. It is an annual or short lived perennial, the main means of spread is by seed, ejected from its ripe seed pods.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in most of England and Wales, rather rare and localised in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent and possibly increasing in built up areas in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 34 of the 617 tetrads.

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