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Oxalidaceae: Sorrel Family.

This family has 8 genera and about 800+ species (Carr). Most individuals in this family have some sort of oxalic acid in their tissues. For instance, Sorrels, Oxalis spp., which are commonly called clovers, are a great plant to throw on salads for some extra spice. Other plants in this family are the star fruits and pickle fruits, all of which provide a tart treat to the taste buds.

Oxalidaceae distribution


Systematics: Has 5 separate styles and styles are distinct. The number of stamen are twice the number of petals . The stamen are also in two whorls and the outer one is opposite the petals (obdiplostemenous).

Specimens List

Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata)

These 3-leaved sorrels are commonly mistakenly called clovers.

Oxalidaceae Floral Diagram

Floral Diagram


Star fruit (Averrhoa carambola)

The fruit has a sweet citrus like flavor that is very tasty.


Cucumber Tree (Averrhoa bilimbi)


Biophytum sp

Unusual Oxalidaceae from South Africa which resembles a cycad.

Pink Woodsorel

Pink Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corymbosa)

Wood Sorrels sorrels are most commonly pink and yellow.

Links to more information

Most Common Genera in the family

Averrhoa (Star fruit, Cucumber tree), Biophytum, Dapania, Oxalis (Wood Sorrels) , Sarcotheca

 

 
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