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Oxalis stricta L.
common yellow oxalis



General Information
Symbol: OXST
Group: Dicot
Family: Oxalidaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   I
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   

Images

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©G.A. Cooper. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany. United States, DC, Washington, Rock Creek Park. Usage Requirements.

Jose Hernandez. Provided by ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory. United States, NY. Usage Requirements.

©Jim Stasz. Usage Requirements.

©Jim Stasz. Usage Requirements.

Jennifer Anderson. United States, IA, Scott Co., Davenport, Nahant Marsh. 2002. Usage Requirements.

©Thomas G. Barnes. Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. Usage Requirements.

Patrick J. Alexander. Usage Requirements.

Patrick J. Alexander. Usage Requirements.

Patrick J. Alexander. Usage Requirements.

©Ted Bodner. James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens. Provided by University of Georgia Press. Scanned by Forestry Images. Usage Requirements.

©Ted Bodner. James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens. Provided by University of Georgia Press. Scanned by Forestry Images. Usage Requirements.

©Robin R. Buckallew. United States, OK, Johnston Co. Usage Requirements.

©David Brezner. United States, MA, Plymouth Co., Bridgewater, property at 28 Erbeck Circle, Elevation: 92ft/28m, Latitude: 41.984, Longitude: -70.933. September 2, 2012. Usage Requirements.

©David Brezner. United States, MA, Plymouth Co., Bridgewater, property at 28 Erbeck Circle, Elevation: 92ft/28m, Latitude: 41.984, Longitude: -70.933. September 16, 2012. Usage Requirements.

©David Brezner. United States, MA, Plymouth Co., Bridgewater, property at 28 Erbeck Circle, Elevation: 92ft/28m, Latitude: 41.984, Longitude: -70.933. September 16, 2012. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 433. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 435. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 434. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 433. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 432. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
CECO3 Ceratoxalis coloradensis (Rydb.) Lunell
CECY3 Ceratoxalis cymosa (Small) Lunell
OXBU Oxalis bushii (Small) Small
OXCO8 Oxalis coloradensis Rydb.
OXCY Oxalis cymosa Small
OXEU2 Oxalis europaea Jord.
OXEUB2 Oxalis europaea Jord. var. bushii (Small) Wiegand
OXEUR Oxalis europaea Jord. var. rufa (Small) Young
OXFO Oxalis fontana Bunge
OXFOB Oxalis fontana Bunge var. bushii (Small) H. Hara
OXIN5 Oxalis interior (Small) Fedde
OXRU4 Oxalis rufa Small
OXSTD Oxalis stricta L. var. decumbens Bitter
OXSTP Oxalis stricta L. var. piletocarpa Wiegand
OXSTR Oxalis stricta L. var. rufa (Small) Farw.
OXSTV Oxalis stricta L. var. villicaulis (Wiegand) Farw.
XABU Xanthoxalis bushii Small
XACO4 Xanthoxalis coloradensis (Rydb.) Rydb.
XACY2 Xanthoxalis cymosa (Small) Small
XADIP Xanthoxalis dillenii (Jacq.) Holub var. piletocarpa (Wiegand) Holub
XAIN2 Xanthoxalis interior Small
XARU Xanthoxalis rufa (Small) Small
XAST2 Xanthoxalis stricta (L.) Small
XASTP2 Xanthoxalis stricta (L.) Small var. piletocarpa (Wiegand) Moldenke

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Geraniales
Family Oxalidaceae – Wood-Sorrel family
Genus Oxalis L. – woodsorrel
Species Oxalis stricta L. – common yellow oxalis

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

U.S. Weed Information
Oxalis stricta
common yellow oxalis
sheep sorrel
sourgrass
toad sorrel
yellow woodsorrel
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
KY Haragan, P.D.. 1991. Weeds of Kentucky and adjacent states: a field guide. The University Press of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky.
N'EAST Uva, R.H., J.C. Neal,and J.M. DiTomaso. 1997. Weeds of the Northeast. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, New York.
NE&GP Stubbendieck, J., G.Y. Friisoe,and M.R. Bolick. 1994. Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry. Lincoln, Nebraska.
SWSS Southern Weed Science Society. 1998. Weeds of the United States and Canada. CD-ROM. Southern Weed Science Society. Champaign, Illinois.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Arid West FACU
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain UPL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FACU
Northcentral & Northeast FACU
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Miller Minor Minor

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Miller

Sources

Miller, J.H., and K.V. Miller. 1999. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. Southern Weed Science Society.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover