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Oxalis cernua Thunb., Diss. Oxal. 14. t. 2. f. 2. 1781; Matthew in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 20(1): 56. 1969. O. pescaprae Savign. in Lam., Encycl. 4: 685. 1798, non L. 1753; Calder in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 6: 6329. 1919; Fyson, Fl. South Indian Hill Stat. 1: 5. 1932.

Herbs, acaulescent, up to 20 cm high. Leaves 20 - 35, arising from bulbous rootstock, 3-foliolate; petioles slender, terete, up to 10 cm long, glabrous; leaflets sessile, cordate, bilobed, cuneate at base, ca 5 x 15 mm, glabrous above and villous beneath. Umbels fewor many-flowered; pedicels unequal, ca 1 cm long; bracts few, minute, hairy, persistent. Flowers ca 1.5 cm long. Sepals 5, shorter than petals, lanceolate, acute, 15 x 5 mm, glarbous with two glands at apex. Petals 5,shortly clawed, oblong,ca 15 x 5 mm, glabrous, golden yellow. Stamens 10, alternately short and long, united into a tube below; long filaments ca 2 cm long, short ones ca 1.3 cm long; anthers oblong, 2-locular. Ovary ovoid , ca 8 x 4 mm; styles 5, very short, pubescent; stigmas 5.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - March.

Distrib. India: Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Native of S. Africa.


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