Oxalis bifurca Lodd., G.Lodd. & W.Lodd.

Forked Wood-sorrel

Bot. Cab. 11: t.1056 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herb with erect slender stems 15–30 cm high, 1.5–2 mm wide, silky-pubescent; bulb conical or ovoid-conical, acute, 4–6 cm long, tunic smooth, dark brown. Rhizomes with amplexicaul, cuspidate scales. Leaves cauline and or tufted on short branchlets, or terminal and congested, 3-foliolate; leaflets subsessile, bifurcate to the middle or beyond, cuneate-attenuate at the base, with divergent linear or narrow oblong lobes 5–8 mm long, 0.8–3 mm wide, lobe apices obtuse, glabrous above, silky-pubescent below; petioles 5–40 mm long, petioles as long as leaves or exceeding leaves; stipules inconspicuous, tapering into petiole. Inflorescences axillary on the upper part of the stem, 1–flowered; peduncles longer than leaves. Sepals lanceolate or linear lanceolate, 4–6 mm long, often silky-pubescent, with several elongate calli towards the apex. Petals 18–25 mm long, pubescent, pink, yellow at base. Capsule not developed in Australia. Flowers Mar.-May

Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to South Africa.  In Victoria, known from 3 specimens collected in April 1925 from Little River Railway Reserve, and not collected again since then.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2016-04-07
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 bifurca in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oxalis bifurca in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales