Oxalis incarnata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOxalidaceaeOxalisOxalis incarnata

Ecology

A perennial bulbous herb with annual erect branching stems. It is cultivated in gardens, occasionally escaping to nearby disturbed, shaded sites, hedge banks, stone walls and pavement cracks. It does not set seed, but spreads by bulblets produced in the axils of the aerial stems. Lowland.

Status

Neophyte

World Distribution

Native of S. Africa.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 927

Life form information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Bulbous geophyte

Comment on Life Form

treat as a tuberous geophyte (Stace calls the organs bulbs)

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Detaching ramets above ground (often axillary)

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 146

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 5

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 11

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003185

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Watson (1997)
Oxalis in the British Isles,
Young, D. P.
, Watsonia, Volume 4, p.51-69, (1958)