Africa, Namibia (and now many more!)
buttercup, African wood-sorrel, Bermuda sorrel, Buttercup
oxalis, Cape sorrel, English weed, Goat's-foot, Sourgrass,
cernua, Kuntze, 1891.
Acetosella ehrenbergii, Kuntze,
Oxalis burmannii Jacq. 1794.
Oxalis ehrenbergii Schltdl. 1838.
Bolboxalis cernua Small,
Oxalis grandiflora Arechav. 1900.
kuibisensis R. Knuth, 1927.
Oxalis lybica Viv.1824
This member of the Oxalidaceae
family was described by Carl von Linnaeus in 1753. It was
(first) found in Namibia and South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water
and lots of sun. The long root will grow to two centimetres in
diameter, the whole plant reach for ten centimetres - or way more, if
it don't get light enough. The flowers are
bright yellow, and beside from seeds, the plant can be reproduced by
dividing of the roots.
The genera name means 'sharp,
pungent', as to leaf taste. The species name means 'goat's foot'.
plant will spread fast, thanks to it's exploding seed-capsules.