Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Oxalis pes-caprae (Bermuda buttercup) is a species of tristylous flowering plant in the wood sorrel family Oxalidaceae. Thid grassy weed with brilliant yellow flowers covers fields and olive groves from the beginning of spring onwards. Indigenous to South Africa, this species is however a highly invasive and noxious weed and introduced to the Mediterranean area about 200 years ago. It was first brought to Europe (London) in 1757 and reached habitable Mediterranean areas via Sicily in 1796, Sardinia by 1859 and Crete by 1883. The leaves have a characteristic heart-shape which resembles a hoof ('pes-caprae' means 'goat's hoof'). The large yellow flowers grow in umbels at the thips of the delicate stems. It is the most widely distributed of all the weeds on Crete and found normally in huge populations.
Image: Mournies (Crete) - 11/04/2010
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