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Oxalis depressa

This stemless (acaulescent) geophyte (meaning it has its food storage underground such as a bulbs, corms, rhizomes) has a very shallow bulb. It has trifoliate leaves which are bitter tasting but used in salads and sauces.

The flowers are 10-15 mm diameter, white with yellow tube and can also be lilac or pink.

The name Oxalis comes from the Greek oxis, meaning acid, referring to the sour-tasting sap of some species and depressa is from the Latin depremere

meaning ‘to press down’ / to be flattened vertically.

Family Name:
Common Name:
Sorrel (Eng.); suring (Afr.)
Plant Height:
15 cm
Flower Colour:
Flowering Time:
March, April