Oxalis semiloba Sond.
subsp. semiloba

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Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Chinziwa cattle grid

Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Chinziwa cattle grid

Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Chinziwa cattle grid

Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Common names: Fishtail sorrel (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, with long vertical rhizome, growing from a small bulb. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets variably heart-shaped, lobed at the apex; often reddish to purple below. Flowers in pseudo-umbels, pale to deep pink, sometimes with a yellow centre.
Notes: This species is superficially similar to the exotic weed Oxalis latifolia. It can be distinguished by the long vertical rhizome, usually growing from a single bulb; and the smaller leaves.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A species of forest edges, Brachystegia woodland and grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 30 July 2015

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 95 - 96. (Includes a picture).

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. as Oxalis semiloba

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

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 153 - 154. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. & Gonçalves, M.L. (1969). 35. Oxalidaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 5 - 6.

Kabuye, C.H.S. (1971). Oxalidaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 9 - 10.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 284. (Includes a picture).

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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 66, plate 92

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 91.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 143.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 35. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 96.

Other sources of information about Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba:

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Flora of Botswana: Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba
Flora of Malawi: Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba
Flora of Mozambique: Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba
Flora of Zambia: Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Oxalis semiloba
African Plant Database: Oxalis semiloba
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Oxalis semiloba
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Oxalis semiloba
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Oxalis semiloba
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Oxalis semiloba
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Oxalis semiloba
Plants of the World Online: Oxalis semiloba
The Plant List (version 1.1): Oxalis semiloba
Tropicos: Oxalis semiloba
Wikipedia: Oxalis semiloba

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oxalis semiloba subsp. semiloba.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132840, retrieved 28 January 2020

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