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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture
Biophytum (life-plant, some of the species being sensitive to the touch). Oxalidaceae. Oxalis-like perennial herbs, sometimes grown under glass as curiosities: Lvs. abruptly pinnate, with many lfts.: valves of caps, separating to base. There are about 20 species in Trop. Asia, Afr. and Amer. B. sensitivum, DC., with 6-15 pairs of lfts., has Lvs. that contract at the touch: fls. small, yellow: 6 in. Generally spread in the tropics. B.R. 31:68 (as Oxalis). B. Foxii, Sprague, is a recently described species from Peru, with st. 2 in. high and bearing 8 Lvs. at the apex in a whorl: lfts. 3-6 pairs: fls. white.
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