Broadleaf Wood Sorrel
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Broadleaf Wood Sorrel
P Naturalized Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Broadleaf Wood Sorrel • Kannada: Dodda moorele gida, Dodda pullampuruchi, Hulisoppu • Sanskrit: Changeri
Botanical name: Oxalis latifolia    Family: Oxalidaceae (Wood sorrel family)
Synonyms: Oxalis mauritiana, Oxalis calcaria, Oxalis lilacina, Oxalis binervis

Broadleaf Wood Sorrel is a stemless perennial herb, hairless, from a single bulb. Leaves all basal, trifoliate. Leaflets are inverted-heart-shaped, 2.5-4 cm, lobed to 1/5-1/2 length, lobes are rounded, green on both surfaces, oxalate deposits absent; leaf-stalks are 10-25 cm. Broadleaf Wood Sorrel is very similar to Dehradun Wood Sorrel, which has inverted-triangular leaflets which are rather pointed (not rounded) at the tips. Flowers are 6-10 in umbel-like cymes, tristylous, rarely homostylous. Flowering stems are 10-20 cm; flower-stalks 1-2 cm; sepal tips with a pair of short to elongate, non-confluent, orange tubercles. Petals are 9-12 mm, purple to lavender or pink. Bulb scales are 7-9-nerved, inner thickened and white with hyaline margins. Capsules are cylindric, 4-6 mm, hairless. Broadleaf Wood Sorrel is native to Tropical & Subtropical America, widely naturalized elsewhere.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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