Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Oxalidaceae

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Oxalis corniculata L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate Spiral

Leaf Type

Digitate

Leaf Shape

Obchordate

Leaf Apex

Emarginate

Leaf Base

Cuneate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A spreading herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Common in fallow fields. Optimum size in shade at higher altitudes. Found upto 500m. Widely spread.

Indigenous Information : Leaves are edible. Cattle graze on the plant.

Field Tips : Leaves cauline or radical. The pods dehisce at the slightest touch and stick to the skin.

 

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Names:


Irula : Pulisorai
Tamil : Puliarai
Hindi : Amrit sak
Malayalam : Puliyarel

Flower:

In axillary umbels, yellow. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A capsule, oblong, abruptly tapering above. Seeds many, ovoid or ellipsoidal. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Oxalidaceae