Sunday, April 16, 2006

Cape Sorrel

The Latin name for Cape Sorrel is Oxalis pes-caprae. The Maltese name is Haxixa Ingliza.



I just discovered, this morning when I looked it up in my new Maltese wild flower book, that it is not native to Malta in spite of being one of the most prolific flowers in Malta.



It was actually introduced into a Botanical garden in 1811 and escaped and spread not only all through Malta but also all through the Mediterranean.



It looks very similar to Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) that grows in the U.S. and Canada.

6 comments:

Endment said...

Isn't that bright yellow glorious? Looks like it has captured spring.

Ontario Wanderer said...

I do like yellow and orange colours, in case you have not noticed.

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading SIEGE:MALTA by Ernle Bradford. He noted that at certain times of the year that the island is yellow with Cape Sorrel. Brought in from South Africa in early 1800'S. Thanks for the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Cape Sorrell is one of the flowers that is almost invading all the space for flowers in malta. in fact it is taking up the space for other native plants.

susan vann said...
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susan vann said...

It may look glorious covering the fields of all mediterranean islands in spring, but it is invading and destroying native wild plants.Also invading gardens and is almost impossible to eradicate.It has taken over the spaces where the wild gladioli grew and these have almost disapeared in the Balearic Islands