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Alpine Wood Sorrel

Oxalis alpina

Alpine Woodsorrel, Oxalis alpina, photo © by Mike Plagens

In open ponderosa woodland on Madera Peak, Pinal Mountain, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 30 July 2011.

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FLOWERS: Pink or lavender flowers with five petals. Sometimes very pale, almost white. Borne on long, slender peduncles.

LEAVES: Palmately compound leaves with three or four heart-shaped segments.

PERENNIAL HERB: Regrowing each spring from below-ground bulbs. Usually no branching stems above ground and the leaves rising no more 12 cm.

RANGE: Found in semi-open, woodland habitats from Arizona to western Texas. A similar species occurs in oak-pine woodlands of southeastern Arizona, O. drummondii.

FRUIT: Dry capsule at maturity containing several seeds.

UNARMED. No spines or prickles. Crystals of oxalic acid on the leaf margin are sharp at the microscopic scale.

Oxalidaceae -- Wood Sorrel Family

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