Oxalis latifolia Kunth

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Oxalis latifolia

Photo: Mark Hyde
Garden, Alexandra Park, Harare

Oxalis latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Oxalis latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Oxalis latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Oxalis latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate

Oxalis latifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

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Common names: Broadleaf sorrel (English) Gungwe (Shona) Kahungwarara (Shona) Pink garden sorrel (English) Sorrel (English) Umngumungwana (Ndebele) Umungumungwana (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common (in its habitat)
Status: Introduced
Perennial herb with numerous ovoid bulbs. Leaflets: lamina up to 7.5 × 5 cm, obtriangular in outline; apex emarginate with a broad shallow sinus. Flowers purple, in pseudumbels. Petals 10-16 mm. Capsule broadly cylindric, slightly longer than the sepals.
Derivation of specific name: latifolia: broad-leaved
Habitat: A very troublesome weed of waste places and gardens.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native to Tropical America; nowadays a widespread almost cosmopolitan weed.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 1 April 2006

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 60 - 61. (Includes a picture).

Bromilow, C. (1995). Problem Plants of South Africa. Briza Publications, Arcadia. Pages 338 - 339. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 156.

Exell, A.W. (1963). Oxalidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 155.

Exell, A.W. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 35. Oxalidaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Page 7.

Kabuye, C.H.S. (1971). Oxalidaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 10 - 11.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 66.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 83.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Oxalis latifolia
Tropicos: Oxalis latifolia
West African Plants database: Oxalis latifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oxalis latifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132820, retrieved 24 October 2016

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