Oxalis incarnata L.

Pale Wood-sorrel

Sp. Pl. 433 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb with erect or somewhat spreading stems, 5–30 cm long, branched, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent on younger parts; rhizome slender, 3–8 cm long; bulbs ovoid, to c. 2 cm long, beaked, tunics pale brown, papery; bulbils formed on rhizome and in leaf-axils. Leaves crowded at ends of branches, mostly 4–10 in pseudowhorls, 3-foliolate; leaflets subsessile, mostly broadly obcordate, 5–15 mm long, 8–20 mm wide, bilobed, green, often greyish below, glabrous, near-marginal calli present, sinus to c. one-quarter leaflet length, lobes oblong, apices rounded, 7–10 mm apart; petioles 1–7 cm long, glabrous; stipules membranous, to c. 3 mm long, tapering into petiole. Inflorescences axillary, 1-flowered; peduncles longer than leaves, glabrous. Sepals oblong, 4–6 mm long, virtually glabrous, with several converging light brown calli near apex. Petals 13–22 mm long, very pale lilac or pale pinkish-purple, greenish at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers mainly Aug.–Jan.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. A common and troublesome weed of gardens and some bushland areas, tolerating deep shade.

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 incarnata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oxalis incarnata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales