Oxalis anthelmintica A. Rich.

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Synonyms: Oxalis caprina L var. abyssinica Oliv.
Oxalis purpurata Jacq. var. anthelmintica (A. Rich.) Knuth
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Status: Native
Perennial herb with vertical rhizome up to 18 cm. long, usually stemless but sometimes with a stem up to 15 cm. long. Bulb at the base of the rhizome, ovoid, usually 1–1·5 cm long. Leaves in a rosette, 3-foliolate; leaflets subcircular to very broadly obovate, up to 22 × 22 mm, rounded or shallowly emarginate at the apex, usually almost hairless on the upper surface; petiole up to 13 cm long. Flowers in 4–10-flowered pseudumbels, pink, purple or bluish, with pedicels up to 20 mm long. Sepals narrowly lanceolate, 4–7 mm long, orange-yellow at the apex. Petals up to 14 mm. long. Capsule subglobose to ellipsoid, up to 5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: anthelmintica: vermifuge, worm-expelling
Habitat: In open woodland and bush.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 223. (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 93.

Exell, A.W. (1963). Oxalidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 151 - 152.

Exell, A.W. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 35. Oxalidaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 3 - 4.

Kabuye, C.H.S. (1971). Oxalidaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 7.

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 65.

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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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oxalis anthelmintica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132790, retrieved 20 May 2024

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