Species category: Broadleaf Weed
Scientific name: Oxalis corniculata
Creeping oxalis – What is it?
Creeping oxalis or yellow wood sorrel is a species possibly introduced from South America buts is also believed to have originated in Europe. It is a widespread weed of gardens and turf in all states of Australia.
It has trifoliate leaves which have 3 heart-shaped leaflets. It is low growing and a creeping variety that can spread quickly, once it has taken hold.
The yellow flowers have 5 petals and are a simple structure.
When does Creeping oxalis occur?
This plant flourishes during spring and summer. It is in flower from October and November but occasional flowers can be seen throughout the year.
What damage or effect will Creeping oxalis have?
It is an incredibly competitive and invasive species. The roots creep and move throughout the turf making it difficult to eradicate, as the plant can be weak stemmed and the root often remains behind when the weed is uprooted.
Creeping oxalis often forms a dense mat and takes over large areas, suffocating anything growing underneath.
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