Oxalis magellanica

Snowdrop Wood-sorrel

Perennial tufting herb spreading from branched underground or above ground stems. No taproot or bulbils.

Additional information

  • FamilyOxalidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size5-10 cm x 20-50 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves divided into 3 stalkless, clover-like, 2-lobed leaflets 2-12 mm x 2-13 mm, green above; bluish, sparsely downy below, margins hairy, stalks 1-5 cm, with scattered long spreading hairs. Conspicuous leaf-like stipules at base.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to May
  • Flowers1 flower on erect sparsely hairy stalks longer than leaves, in leaf axils. Fruit capsules egg-shaped to round, 4-5 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in sub-alpine tall forests and rainforests. Semi shade and dappled shade.
  • Garden useAttractive herb for containers or ferneries.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Significant within the Shire, known from one small area.
Photographer/s: 1 Ken Harris ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©

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