Oxalis magellanica G.Forst.

Snowdrop Wood-sorrel

Commentat. Soc. Regiae Sci. Gott. 9: 33 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizomatous or stoloniferous herb to c. 10 cm high; stems slender, internodes much reduced so that leaves appear c. radical; taproot absent; bulbils absent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile, broadly obcordate, 2–12 mm long, 2–13 mm wide, bilobed, green, glabrous above, sparsely appressed-pubescent below, margins ciliate, sinus to c. one-fifth, (rarely one-third) leaflet length with callus in notch, lobes oblong to obovate, apices rounded, 2–6 mm apart; petioles 1–5(–7) cm long, with sparse long spreading hairs; stipules conspicuous, to c. 5 mm long, membranous, apex rounded to truncate, glabrous, persistent. Inflorescences axillary, 1-flowered; peduncles usually longer than leaves, sparsely hairy. Sepals elliptic, 3–5 mm long, ciliate. Petals 6–12 mm long, white. Capsule ovoid to globose, 4–5 mm long, glabrous; seeds not transversely ribbed. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

HFE, HSF, OtR, VAlp. Also Tas. New Zealand, South America. Rare in Victoria where recorded from tall mountain forests, cool-temperate rainforest and Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands of the Otway Range, Central Highlands between Lake Mountain and Baw Baw Plateau, and the Errinundra Plateau in the far east.

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, 2020-03-24
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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 magellanica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oxalis magellanica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

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