Oxalis corniculata

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 Oxalis corniculata subsp. var.  
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Oxalis corniculata in Talakona forest, AP W IMG 8538.jpg

Creeping Woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata), also called Procumbent Yellow-sorrel or Sleeping Beauty, resembles the Common Yellow Woodsorrel (O. stricta). It is a somewhat delicate-appearing, low-growing, herbaceous plant in the family Oxalidaceae. It has a narrow, creeping stem that readily roots at the nodes. The trifoliate leaves are subdivided into three rounded leaflets and resemble a clover in shape. Some varieties have green leaves, while others, like Oxalis corniculata var. atropurpurea, have purple. The leaves have inconspicuous stipules at the base of each petioles.

The fruit is a narrow, cylindrical capsule, 1 to 2 cm long and noteworthy for its explosive discharge of the contained, 1 mm long seeds.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Oxalis corniculata, Linn. (O. stricta. Linn.). Slender, prostrate, often rooting, loosely hairy: lfts. obcordate. Var. atropurpurea, Planch. (O. tropaeoloides, Schlecht.). Spreading, red-purple: fls. few, in umbels on rather short axillary peduncles, small, yellow. Eu.—A closely related smaller plant common everywhere as a greenhouse weed, especially in agave and cactus tubs, is the tropical O. repens, Thunb.

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