PINK SORREL

Oxalis articulata

Wood-Sorrel Family [Oxalidaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8pink
inner
inner8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round

13th May 2016, a hedgerow, Devon. Photo: © Bob Whitfield
The flowers are very much like those of Wood-Sorrel, but shocking pink on the upper surface (but sometimes only pale pink or even white). Out of the sun the 5 petals of the flowers curl up into a tube like a rolled up newspaper. When opened up they are 10-15mm across.


13th May 2016, a hedgerow, Devon. Photo: © Bob Whitfield
The flowers are on nummers long stalks from a central stem.


13th May 2016, a hedgerow, Devon. Photo: © Bob Whitfield
The outside of the petals are much paler. All the green parts are a dull-green rather than bright-green. If you could see within the corolla you would espy a bunch of orange-yellow stamens.


13th May 2016, a hedgerow, Devon. Photo: © Bob Whitfield
The leaves are more deeply notched than those of Wood-Sorrel. Unfortunately not shown, but the rear of the leaves often possess orange spots.


Easily mistaken for : Pink-coloured Sorrels such as Pink-purple Sorrel (Oxalis debilis), Pale Pink-Sorrel (Oxalis latifolia) andLilac Sorrel (Oxalis incarnata), Sorrel (Oxalis ) and others, all introduced plants grown and mostly in gardens.

It is a neonative, introduced and naturalised from gardens and now appearing in waste stony places, by roads, on banks, often crowded by other vegetation and on sandy sea-shores. It occurs frequently in Southern England and the Channel Islands.


  Oxalis articulata  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Oxalidaceae  

Distribution
 family8Wood-Sorrel family8Oxalidaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Oxalis
Oxalis
(Wood-Sorrels)

PINK SORREL

Oxalis articulata

Wood-Sorrel Family [Oxalidaceae]