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tpiller71
Apr 20, 2020 11:15 AM CST
Hello,
Bought a shamrock plant 2 years ago and have replanted and given away many new plant, but this 4 leaf is new.
Can I expect more leaves like this from the same tubular going forward if I replant it on its own?
Is this a 'freak of nature' like 4 leaf clovers?
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tarev
Apr 20, 2020 12:05 PM CST
That is so pretty! It is like the more the merrier to me, and nothing to be worried about. Smiling
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WAMcCormick
Apr 20, 2020 12:35 PM CST
I think it is some kind of sorrel. I have some just like it, but I think all mine have three leaves. As for how to reproduce the four leaf variation, I have no idea.
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Apr 20, 2020 1:57 PM CST
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DaisyI
Apr 20, 2020 2:14 PM CST
The plant is Oxalis triangularis. Its probably just a hickup (all plants grow a weird leaf once in awhile) but it will be interesting to see if that bulb continues to produce 4-leaf clovers.

If you want a 4-leaf clover plant, look for an oxalis called 'Iron Cross'.
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WAMcCormick
Apr 20, 2020 3:03 PM CST
We have a type clover here in southeast Texas called burr clover. Many of those plants have four leaves, and a few have five leaves. The name "burr clover" is an indication of it's bad side. My dog collects the little burrs like a magnet.
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DaisyI
Apr 20, 2020 4:41 PM CST
Clover (Trifolium sp) VS Clover (Oxalis sp).

Trifolium is a member of the pea family, has clusters of tiny pea flowers and tastes like grass (my opinion Smiling )

Oxalis is a member of the wood-sorrel family, has little flowers with petals and tastes sour (caused by oxalic acid)
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