Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup

 

 

 

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae by the roadside

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae in an olive grove

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae detail

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Oxalis pes-caprae and bee

Leaves of Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Leaves of Oxalis

Oxalis pes-caprae - Bermuda buttercup - Click to enlarge

Closed flower at night

Oxalis pes-caprae or Bermuda buttercup originates from southern Africa. It derives its name from the shape of the leaves which resemble a goat's hoof (or more simply they are heart-shaped!)
Introduced to the Mediterranean around 200 years ago it is an extremely invasive weed that is taking over large tracts of cultivated land. Its bulbs and many small bulbils spread when the soil is ploughed or tilled and it is resistant to herbicides. Oxalis pes-caprae is fast taking over and threatening native flowers. It is particularly common in olive and citrus groves and along road sides.

It flowers between January and May from sea level to around 600m.

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