Oxalis barrelieri L.

Etymology Genus Sour, because of the presence of oxalis acid
Species After Jacques Barrelier, a French botanist
Family Oxalidaceae
Synonyms Acetosella barrelieri (L.) Kuntze, Oxalis amazonica Progel
Common Names Lavender Sorrel, Barrelier's Woodsorrel
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Herb
Native Distribution Tropical America


A very common herb of unkempt lawns. It has an upright form, with compound leaves that are trifoliate, and supported by a comparatively long petiole. It flowers frequently, with five white to faint pink petals and a yellow centre.

Interesting Facts:

The pink petals often appear too faint to realise unless one take a closer look.

Form of the Lavendar Sorrel.

Trifoliate leaf with a long petiole.

The flower, with a yellow centre and faint pink (left) to white (right) petals.

Fruit capsules hanging down like lanterns.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-03-12 / Modified: 2015-01-11