Oxalis debilis, the large-flowered pink-sorrel or pink woodsorrel, is a perennial plant and herb in the Oxalidaceae family. Its original distribution is South America but has become a very cosmopolitan species, occurring in all continents except Antarctica. It can be found in both temperate and tropical areas.
The flowers, leaves and roots are edible, but this plant should only be consumed in small amounts because it contains oxalic acid that can cause calcium deficiency if eaten in larger amounts. The leaves have a sour lemony flavor.
Varieties and cultivation
There are two varieties:
- Oxalis debilis var. corymbosa (DC.) Lourteig – large-flowered pink-sorrel (Synonym : O. corymbosa)
- Oxalis debilis var. debilis
'Aureoreticulata' ('aureo-reticulata') has attractive variegated leaves with flowers that are pinkish purple. This cultivar is also named ‘Gold Veined Oxalis’ (Yellow Vein Oxalis) with attractive yellow vein foliage. The symptom is associated with the presence of a begomovirus. This virus, designated OxYVV, is transmitted by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci.
Pests and diseases
Puccinia oxalidis is a fungus species in the genus Puccinia. This species is a causal agent of rust on plants in the genus Oxalis.
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