Oxalis pes-caprae L.

Bermuda Buttercup
Oxalidaceae (Oxalis Family)


Bermuda buttercup is a glabrous herbaceous somewhat weedy perennial with most of its stem underground and with numerous slender flowering stems 6-12" long arising from the root crown. The leaves are in an open basal rosette on glabrous petioles up to 8" long with three palmately compound heart-shaped leaflets, which are up to an inch long and are hairy on the lower surface. The flowers are in short umbels on individual 1/2" long stems usually with 10-12 flowers in each cluster.  There are five lanceolate to oblong sepals and five showy bright yellow petals, two whorls of stamens with hairy filaments, five long (inner) and five short (outer), and five pistils united at the base and free above.  This species does not produce fruit in California. Bermuda buttercup often grows in dense colonies is becoming naturalized in waste places and grasslands below about 1500', blooming from November to March.  It is a native of South Africa.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Oxalis 2) pes-caprae.
Pronunciation: ox-AL-is pes-KAP-ree.
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