When I saw these small pink flowers waving in the breeze I thought I recognised them as sorrel – a member of the Oxalis family – but which one? With these striking petals, surely it would be easy to identify:

My trusty Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa by John Manning assures me that there are about 200 species of Oxalis in South Africa, so it is not surprising that not all are illustrated. I drew a blank so turned to Google images and scrolled through many more photographs – and drew a blank again.

While it remains nameless – or completely misidentified – it is pretty enough to share I think.

22 thoughts on “SORREL

  1. The Plantsnap app identifies the flower as “Bowie’s Wood Sorrel” flower (or Cape Shamrock, Red-flower Woodsorrel, Sauerklee). Its Latin name is Oxalis Bowiei (Syn Oxalis Purpurata), native to South Africa. It really is beautiful.

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    • Do you have the free or the pro version of Plantsnap? I’m wondering if I should add another to my phone in addition to Seek by iNature. It is, of course, not as accurate as I could wish, and seems particularly stupid about conifers.

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      • No, it was Hester who used the app. I was going to download it but it only gives a free trial for seven days before having to pay for it – as we are confined to our homes for another two weeks that was not going to work for me.

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      • I meant to reply to the person with the app but I’m on my little phone which doesn’t give me a good view.

        My Seek app is from a joint venture of the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic so you would think it would be great at California natives at least. But some of the oaks are most challenging!


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