Oxalis bowiei W.T.Aiton ex G.Don

Bowie Wood-sorrel

Gen. Hist. 1: 761 (1831) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Herb with stems hardly exserted; bulbs ovoid, 1.5–4 cm long, tapered, tunics pale brown; bulbils and rhizome absent. Leaves basal, 3-foliolate; leaflets subsessile, suborbicular to c. rhombic, 15–45 mm long, 15–50 mm wide, emarginate, green and glabrous to sparsely pilose above, glandular-pilose and often purplish below, calli absent, margins ciliate with glandular hairs, sinus to c. one-tenth leaflet length, lobes rounded with apices 10–30 mm apart; petioles usually 5–12 cm long, glandular-hairy; stipules tapering into petiole. Inflorescences basal, 4–14-flowered; peduncles much longer than leaves, glandular-hairy; pedicels 1–3 cm long, glandular-hairy. Sepals lanceolate, 6–11 mm long, glandular-hairy, calli absent. Petals 9–25 mm long, deep pink/magenta, greenish-yellow at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers mainly Mar.–May.

*HSF, *MuF, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to South Africa. A weed of gardens, roadsides and other 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 (as Oxalis bowieana Lodd., G.Lodd. & W.Lodd.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-03-24
Distribution map
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 bowiei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oxalis bowiei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Murray Fans present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales