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Oxalis violacea (purple woodsorrel; violet wood-sorrel; violet woodsorrel)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Oxalis violacea, the violet wood-sorrel, is a perennial plant and herb in the Oxalidaceae family. Oxalis species are also known as sour grass, sour trefoil, and shamrock.
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Attributes

Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [2]  The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition;
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Structure [2]  Bulb
Height [2]  10 inches (0.25 m)
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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seed Bank

Distribution

Caribbean; North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile

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Citations

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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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