This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Oxalis Caprina. Goat's-Foot Wood Sorrel
Cal. 5-phyllus. Petala Unibus connect. Caps. Anglos discerns, 5-Gina.
OXALIS Carina scapis unbeliefs, foliis ternaries glabris, floribus erects. Thunb. Oxalic, n. 11. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 433.
OXALIS Peas Capra scapo embellisher, foliis ternaries sub bipartite apiece subtus callouses. Linn. Sp. Pl. ed. 3. p. 622.
OXALIS bulbosa pentacle et hexagonal, floribus margins lutes et copiosis. Burm. Afr. 80. t. 29. et t. 28. f. 3.
The Cape of Good-Hope, that most fertile source of curious and beautiful plants, affords numerous species of Wood Sorrel, and, among others, the present one, which is distinguished for the largeness of its blossoms; they are of a fine yellow colour, and, when expanded by the influence of the sun, make a very conspicuous figure in the green-house; it begins to flower early in April, and continues about two months in bloom, many flowering stems arising from the same root.
This species is of free growth, and increases plentifully by bulbs, which are produced on the crown of the root, as well as on its fibres; these, when the plant decays, should be taken up, and two or three of the largest planted in the middle of a pot filled with a mixture of bog earth and rotten leaves, well incorporated; towards winter, the pots mould be placed in the green-house, or in a frame so secured as perfectly to keep out frost.
Was cultivated by Mr. Miller, in 1757. Ait. Kew.