Iron Cross

Oxallis tetraphylla

  • Iron Cross
  • Iron Cross
  • Flower name
    Iron Cross
  • Scientific name
    Oxallis tetraphylla
  • Aliasオキザリス・テトラフィラ, 四葉酢漿草, Oxallis tetraphylla, Iron Cross oxalis
  • Place of originMexico
  • Place of floweringGarden
  • Flowering seasonMay, June, July, August, September, October

What is Iron Cross

Iron Cross(scientific name:Oxallis tetraphylla) is a bulbous plant of the family Oxalidaceae native to Mexico.It is known as "lucky leaf", "four-leaf sorrel" or, "four-leaved pink-sorrel". It has a bulb underground, and radical growths leaves. As for the leaf, the center of each leaf has a purple brown design with four pieces and is called 'Iron cross' because it is likely, and ten characters are seen seeing from the top. From the center of the radical leaves, it makes flowers of the funnel-formed pink-colored that the top was divided into five bloom in the inflorescence which takes out a slim flower stalk and lengthened from the tip to winter from late spring. The leaves take the going to bed action and are closed in the night.

General name: Iron Cross , scientific name:Oxallis tetraphylla, aka: Oxallis tetraphylla,Iron Cross oxalis, four-leaved pink-sorrel, four-leaf sorrel, lucky leaf, moncatobami, height: 10-30 cm, and leaf: lay hands Obovate, petiole: with the leaf blade length: 10-30 cm, leaf length: 3-5 cm, bisexual flowers, flower symmetry, inflorescence: umbel inflorescence and inflorescence, flower diameter: 2 cm, flower: Pink / Purple, sepals number 5, petal number 5,
carpel number: 5, number of stamens: 10, anther color: yellow, flowering period: May-October, fruit type: capsule and ripens fruit,
fruit type: star-shaped, bulb diameter: 4 cm.


  • Order
    Oxalidales
  • Family
    Oxalidaceae
  • Genus
    Oxallis
  • Species
    O. tetraphylla
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Scattered inflorescence/ umbrella shape
  • Petal shape
    Funnel/trumpet shaped
  • Leaf type
    Rhizomatous leaf
  • Edge of the leaf
    All edges
  • Life typeBulbous plants
  • Flower colors
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height10.0 ~ 30.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower2.0 ~ 2.0 cm

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