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Oxalis pes-caprae

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 11 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Mooi bloempje.

11 Mar 2011 10:04am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

splendid bright color !

11 Mar 2011 10:25pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

This is lovely, they are jumping right out of my screen they are so crisp

12 Mar 2011 10:55am

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm