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Useful Temperate Plants

Oxalis valdiviensis

Barnéoud

Oxalidaceae

+ Synonyms

Acetosella antucensis (Phil.) Kuntze

Acetosella hapalconidea (Barnéoud) Kuntze

Acetosella valdiviensis (Barnéoud) Kuntze

Oxalis antucensis Phil.

Oxalis berningeri R.Knuth

Oxalis capillipes R.Knuth

Oxalis chubutensis Speg. ex R.Knuth

Oxalis hapalconidea Barnéoud

Oxalis illinii R.Knuth

Oxalis negrensis R.Knuth

Oxalis tinctoria Poepp. ex Progel

Oxalis tolguacensis R.Knuth

Oxalis valdiviana W.Thomps.

Xanthoxalis valdiviensis (Barnéoud) Holub

Common Name:

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General Information

Oxalis valdiviensis is a herbaceous perennial plant producing dense clusters of leaves atop a slowly spreading rhizomatous rootstock; it can grow around 30cm tall[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
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Known Hazards

The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[
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Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
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Botanical References


Range

Southern S. America - central and southern Chile, southern Argentina

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Oxalis valdiviensis is not a very cold-hardy species, being able to tolerate short periods where temperatures fall to around -5°c when it is dormant. It is not very tolerant of snow[
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Title
ChileFlora
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http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
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ISBN
 
Description
Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
]. Found wild in Chile in regions where the mean annual rainfall is around 400 - 800mm, with most of it falling in the cool season[
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Title
ChileFlora
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http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
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Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
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Prefers a sunny position but accepting light shade[
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Title
ChileFlora
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http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
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Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
]. Easily grown in a sandy soil in a warm dry position. Plants are moderately tolerant of drought, growing wild in areas with a dry season lasting 3 - 5 months[
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Title
ChileFlora
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked. An acid flavour. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet,

Flowers - raw.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
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