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Oxalis
Oxalidaceae
Oxalis triangularis


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Oxalidaceae Family

Oxalis Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Purple Shamrock. False Shamrock, Love Plant, Dark Leaf Shamrock, Purpleleaf False Shamrock, Lucky Shamrock, Wood Sorrel


Location

It is endemic to Brazil

Physical Description
Triangularis leaves are a stellar purple, with deep rose patterning and a zippy geometric shape. Oxalis triangularis Purple Shamrock is one of the prettiest ornamental varieties. The leaves are large and purple--darker toward the edges, more vibrant in the centers. Each of the three segments is the shape of a triangle.

The pale pink flowers are also larger than those of the medicinal types and they are held higher above the foliage. The plant grows to a height of less than one foot




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General Information

Food Uses: Its leaves, flowers, and roots are edible, but beware that consumption of its leaves in large quantities is detrimental as they contain oxalic acid.

Leaves - raw or cooked. A pleasant acid flavor. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet, Flowers - raw. A pleasant and decorative addition to the salad bowl. Most children really adore eating the flowers raw. Root - raw or cooked. The root is up to 5cm long and 15mm wide, it is crisp and juicy with a pleasant sweet mild flavor

Cultivation: This wood sorrel is typically grown as a houseplant but can be grown outside in zones 8a-11, preferably in light shade. Filtered sun to light shade, preferably with morning sun and afternoon shade. Tolerates shade, but produces best foliage color and flowering in bright indirect light. Regular watering moderately in active growing, but reduce watering during dormant periods, which most bulbous, rhizomatous and tuberous plants undergo. Water directly onto soil as it does not like wet leaves. Well-drained medium, preferably a mix of coarse sand, tiny pebbles and potting soil. Soil must not be too rich otherwise foliage will prevail over flowers

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Due to oxalic acid in the plant it may be toxic for some people or in large quantities. Oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency.

Propagation: By division of vegetative offsets from matured clumps or by rhizomes (bulbs). Plant the bulbs about an inch deep in potting mix, water and set it at a sunny area. Plantlets will sprout in less than 6 weeks





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Comment: Oxalis, Oxalis triangularis

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Thunder
Thunder
October 11, 2010
Every source I have located refers to the oral consumption in large quantities to be toxic due to oxalic acid present in all parts of the plants...."Caution: large quantities may cause trembling, cramps, and staggering as in grazing animals." from the Poisonous Plants of North Carolina site.
I have not come across any reference to dermatitis,or other skin reactions...although it seems feasable to me that any plant will cause a reaction to someone sensitive to them!

Hellene

australia October 11, 2010
I want to know more about the skin contact and allergic reaction.

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