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Uses

Toxic parts

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[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves - raw or cooked[2][3][4][5]. Added to salads, cooked as a potherb with other milder flavoured greens or used to give a sour flavour to other foods[6]. The leaves are available all year round unless the winter is very cold, they have a pleasantly sour taste[7], but are very small and fiddly to harvest[K]. The leaves contain about 86% water, 2.3% protein, 0.8% fat, 8.2% carbohydrate, 150mg calcium, 78mg phosphorus, 8mg iron, 0.6mg niacin, 78mg vitamin C, 6050µg beta carotene[8]. The leaves contain between 7 - 12% oxalate[9]. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet, Flowers - raw. A nice acid flavour and a pleasant addition to the salad bowl[K].

Flowers

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Oxalis exilis.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is anthelmintic, antiphlogistic, astringent, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, lithontripic, stomachic and styptic[10][11][9][12]. It is used in the treatment of influenza, fever, urinary tract infections, enteritis, diarrhoea, traumatic injuries, sprains and poisonous snake bites[10]. An infusion can be used as a wash to rid children of hookworms[13]. The plant is a good source of vitamin C and is used as an antiscorbutic in the treatment of scurvy[12].

The leaves are used as an antidote to poisoning by the seeds of Datura spp, arsenic and mercury[9].

The leaf juice is applied to insect bites, burns and skin eruptions[9]. It has an antibacterial activity[9].
There are no medicinal uses listed for Oxalis exilis.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. This plant does not need any encouragement.

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Cultivation

A very easily grown plant, succeeding in a sandy soil in a warm dry position[14]. It prefers dry open habitats[15]. Spreading rapidly by seed and underground bulbils, this species can quickly become a nuisance, it is a common weed of pot plants in nurseries[16].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Oxalis exilis. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Oxalis exilis.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Oxalis exilis
Genus
Oxalis
Family
Oxalidaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
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    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
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