Oxalis corniculata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Oxalis corniculata L.
  • Common Name : Changeri, Ambati, Creeping Wood Sorrel, Creeping Oxalis
  • Plant Family : Oxalidaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 18, 19, 27
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra

About Oxalis corniculata Plant :

  • Habit : Annual or perennial herbs with stems prostrate or suberect, rooting at the nodes.
  • Leaves : Trifoliate, leaflets often cuneate-obcordate, small, petioles much longer than the leaflets.
  • Flowers : Axillary on fairly long peduncles. Flowers pale yellow.
  • Fruits : An elongated capsule, beaked, hairy. Seeds brown or reddish-brown, ovoid or ellipsoid, transversely ridged.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Most of the year.
  • Significance :
    • The leaves are mildly acid and very refreshing.
    • An infusion of the whole plant is given as a febrifuge, and as an external application to remove opacities of the cornea.
    • The plant is famous as a cure for scurvy.