Oxalis pes-capraeCommon name: Soursob
Meaning of name: Oxalis is from the Greek word oxaleios, meaning sorrel. Pes-caprae is from the Latin words pes, meaning foot, and capra, meaning she-goat. It may refer to the resemblance of the leaves to a goat’s footprint or to the seed and bulbils being caught in goat’s feet and so spread.
Distribution: Occurs from Muchea to Hopetoun.
Remarks: A ground hugging plant. The yellow flowers are produced from June to October. This is a native of South Africa.
References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.