Oxalis latifolia Kunth

Fish-tail Wood-sorrel

in Humb., Bonpl. & Kunth, Nov. Gen. Sp. 5: 237, t. 467 (1822) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb with stems not evident; bulbs ovoid to globose, 1–1.5 cm long, pointed, tunics pale brown, vertically ribbed, often ciliate; bulbils formed from old bulbs on stolons to c. 4 cm long. Leaves basal, 3-foliolate; leaflets subsessile, cuneate-deltoid, 9–45 mm long, 17–75 mm wide, bilobed, green, sometimes maroon-flecked, glabrous above, sparsely pubescent below, calli absent, margins sparsely ciliate, sinus wide, to c. one-third leaflet length, lobes triangular, divergent, apices rounded, lobes triangular, divergent, apices rounded, 12–70 mm apart; petioles 5–23 cm long, sparsely hairy; stipules conspicuous, to c. 10 mm long, with rounded or obtuse lobes. Inflorescences basal, 6–14-flowered; peduncles longer than leaves, sparsely hairy; pedicels 1–2 cm long, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate, 4–5 mm long, glabrous, green with 2 conspicuous orange-brown apical calli. Petals 10–16 mm long, pink to purple, white at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers mainly Dec.–Jun.

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *VAlp, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Mexico. A weed of gardens, roadsides and disturbed areas.

Source: Conn, B.J.; Jeanes, J.A.; Richards, P.G. (1999). Oxalidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Oxalidales
family Oxalidaceae
genus Oxalis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Oxalis latifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oxalis latifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory