A typical spring scene


Cape sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae, also known as Bermuda buttercup) is blooming rampantly across the countryside these days. It’s not native, having been introduced to Malta around 1806 and spreading from there. Within 50 years it carpeted the Mediterranean region, cheering up fields and wasteland everywhere. The flowers only open when the sun is shining, resulting in entire hillsides that are green in the morning, and completely yellow in the afternoon.

I love this little plant, native or not.

(Photographed growing from a stone wall beneath an olive tree. Click the image to biggify.)

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to A typical spring scene

  1. Ana says:

    Azedas! Some of the fields around here are completely covered in them right now. We used to suck out the juice from the flower stems when we were kids; wonderfully sour. 🙂

  2. João Brandão says:

    we also did that up here. can’t say I wouldn’t go for a few stems right now. I wonder what kind of nutrients it has…

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