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Useful Tropical Plants

Oxalis cytisoides

Zucc.

Oxalidaceae


It is possible that the record of edibility from [
1438
Title
Food Plants in the Americas: A Survey of the Domesticated, Cultivated, and Wild Plants Used for Human Food in North,
Publication
 
Author
Kermath B.M.; Bennett B.C.' Pulsipher L.M.
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A pre-publication draft of an amazing, on-going work first started in 1985. It contains information on more than 3,900 taxa from the Americas - from Arctic regions to the Tropics
] for this species should refer to Oxalis barrelieri L. The report lists Oxalis barrelieri as a synonym, but it is given specific status in other reports such as the Flora do Brasil 2020 . Accessed on: 27 Dec. 2019

+ Synonyms

Oxalis elatior Progel

Common Name:

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General Information

Oxalis cytisoides is a perennial plant with stems that can become more or less woody and persist.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

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[
238
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.
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northern Argentina, almost throughout Brazil, Ecuador

Habitat

Savannah, wooded savannah, seasonal semideciduous forest, tropical rainforest.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Oxalis cytisoides is found in a range of climates from the subtropics of southern Brazil to the tropical rainforests.

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
1438
Title
Food Plants in the Americas: A Survey of the Domesticated, Cultivated, and Wild Plants Used for Human Food in North,
Publication
 
Author
Kermath B.M.; Bennett B.C.' Pulsipher L.M.
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
A pre-publication draft of an amazing, on-going work first started in 1985. It contains information on more than 3,900 taxa from the Americas - from Arctic regions to the Tropics
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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