Plant for Id- 090608JM

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J.M. Garg

Jun 8, 2008, 11:59:11 PM6/8/08
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At Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal in March'08.
With regards,
"We often ignore the beauty around us"
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Orchid Tit at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal I IMG_5630.jpg

Bapu Gosavi

Jun 9, 2008, 2:20:25 AM6/9/08
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[Indiantreepix] Plant for Id- 090608JM

IMG 5630 is of  Oxalis orientalis from Oxalidaceae.  A small herb, commomnly known as ambuti in Maharashtra.

J.M. Garg

Jun 9, 2008, 3:50:03 AM6/9/08
to Bapu Gosavi, indiantreepix
Thanks, Bapu ji for Id.
Here are some extracts from Wikipedia link on Oxalis:

Oxalis is the largest genus in the wood sorrel family Oxalidaceae. Of the approximately 900 known species in the Oxalidaceae, 800 belong to Oxalis. Many of the species are known as Wood Sorrel or Woodsorrel. The genus occurs throughout most of the world, except for the polar areas; species diversity is particularly rich in tropical Brazil and Mexico and in South Africa.

These plants are annual or perennial. The leaves are divided into three to ten or more round, heart-shaped or lanceolate leaflets, arranged in a whorl with all the leaflets of roughly equal size. The majority of species have three leaflets; in these species, the leaves are superficially similar to those of some clovers, though clovers differ in having the leaflets not in a whorl, and of unequal size with two smaller side leaflets and one larger central leaflet. Some species exhibit rapid changes in leaf angle in response to temporarily high light intensity. The flowers have five petals, usually fused at the base, and ten stamens; the petal colour varies from white to pink, red or yellow. The fruit is a small capsule containing several seeds. The roots are often tuberous, and several species also reproduce vegetatively by production of bulbils, which detach to produce new plants.

The edible tubers of the Oca (O. tuberosa), somewhat similar to a small potato, have long been cultivated for food in Colombia and elsewhere in the northern Andes mountains of South America. The edible leaves of Scurvy-grass Sorrel (O. enneaphylla) were eaten by sailors in southern South America as a source of vitamin C to avoid scurvy.

A characteristic of many members of this genus is that they contain oxalic acid, giving the leaves and flowers a sour taste, refreshing to chew in small amounts. However, in large amounts, these species are toxic, and interfere with proper digestion. In the past, it was a practice to extract crystals of calcium oxalate for use in treating diseases and as a salt called "sal acetosella", or "sorrel salt" (also known as "salt of lemon").

Several species are grown as ornamental plants in gardens, while others, notably O. pes-caprae and O. corniculata, are pernicious invasive weeds in cultivation away from their native ranges. A species which regularly has leaves with four leaflets, O. tetraphylla, is sometimes misleadingly sold as "four-leaf clover", taking advantage of the mystical status of four-leaf clovers.


nabha meghani

Jun 10, 2008, 6:50:15 AM6/10/08
to J.M. Garg,
The German name is Sauerklee, for english information see
Sauerklee grows everywhere, even in gras (lawn) normally the leaf is three divided (three hearts), but sometimes u also find four divided and then "it brings you luck". Children in spring and summer liek to search thru grass to find a four divided leaf, it is a favorite passtime.
Four division Sauerklee is cultivated especially for the newyear and one can buy "sauerklee-pots with a chimeny-sweeper" for newyears eve. under this Link
u can see four-heart-sauerklee and sauerklee-pots with a chimeny-sweeper.

J.M. Garg

Jun 10, 2008, 10:57:27 PM6/10/08
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Forwarding pl. for any feedback or help in the matter.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: nabha meghani <>
Date: Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 2:04 AM
Subject: OT: need some Information
To: "J.M. Garg" <>

Hallo Garg Ji,
i need some information and i hope u will excuse me for using this forum for my enquiry.  After I get some contacts i shall correspond with them individually.
I live in germany and am planning to visit india in mid Nov. and will be there in Pune till Feb., March 2009. As the members of this group are spread all over india and they share the same interests with me, their help will be of great help to me.
I wud like to visit north east india, as various reports (also from butterflyindia) have made me curious to get to know this part of india. In Internet i find travel packages but i wud very much like to travel not the luxury way but the simple way and meet local people. I wonder, if some members can suggest places to visit and travaling facilities, things to avoid etc.etc. The railwayplan and the timetable i found on Internet. How punctual are the railways? Are there busses running.  It is possible that my husband acompanys me, but i think i shall be travelling on my own. Here in Germany i am so to say "one ambassador of India". I go to schools and other children- or adults-groups to give them Information on India. I would also like to do a similar thing in India, give Information in schools on Germany, the german way of living etc. if desired by the schools and other local people.  Certainly my main objective will be to travel and see and collect information for my other projects.
As I have plenty of things on my mind, i am starting to plan my trip now.
Hope to get many responses. Please write to my personal ID so that we don't fill the mailboxes of others.

JM Garg

May 4, 2020, 3:48:24 AM5/4/20
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Orchid Tit at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal I IMG_5630.jpg

Paradesi Anjaneyulu

May 5, 2020, 1:14:34 PM5/5/20
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Yes Garg Ji, I too agree with you for corniculata,
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J.M. Garg

May 5, 2020, 9:03:15 PM5/5/20
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Thanks, Paradesi ji

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J. M. Garg

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