Oca: Around the oca patch

We spent a few hours collecting oca (Oxalis tuberosa) cuttings with maturing pods today – about 250 in total.  That should translate into a lot of seed.  With more than 4000 seeds as of today, it is tempting to get lazy and let these open pollinated pods go, but there is no guarantee that we’ll have such favorable conditions next year, so we’re making oca seed while the fog drips.

Anyway, while we were out rummaging in the oca, I snapped a few pictures.

Honey bee collecting nectar from a Sunset oca flower

Hover fly on an oca flower 
Same fly, different flower

This was the best picture I could get of a difficult subject…
The stems on this Hopin oca plant are fasciated – bundled together into a structure like a ribbon cable.
You’re looking at a section cupped toward the camera, with a stem about four inches wide.
The leaves are particularly dense on fasciated stems, which makes it hard to get a picture.

Oca seeds and tubers are sometimes available in our seed shop.

One Response to Oca: Around the oca patch

  1. kt88 September 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

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