Oxalis purpurata Jacq. (1798:57)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonyms: Acetosella purpurata (Jacq.) Kuntze in Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 91 (1891); Oxalis petiolaris E.Mey. ex Sond. in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 1: 350 (1860)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1940 or before (Salter, 1940; fide Oberlander et al., 2010:177)

Rediscovered in June 2008 (Oberlander et al., 2010:178)



Bokkeveld Escarpment near Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape Province, South Africa


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Jacquin, N. J. (1798). Oxalis Monographia, Iconibus Illustrata III 57: 356. Wappler, Vienna.


Other references:

Dreyer, L. L., Oberlander, K. C. and Pillay, D. 2011. Oxalis purpurata Jacq. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/06/07.

Germishuizen, G. and Meyer, N. L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Hall, A. V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S. A. M. (1980). Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. (1996). Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Oberlander, K. C., Dreyer, L. L. and Roets, F. (2010). Rediscovery and taxonomic position of the rare Oxalis purpurata. Bothalia 40: 177-178.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J. E., Helme, N. A., Turner, R. C., Kamundi, D. A. and Manyama, P. A. (2009). Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Salter, T. M. (1940). Some notes on the South African Oxalis of the section Cernuae. Journal of South African Botany VI: 15.


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