2421.000 Portulaca L.

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial, often prostrate, herbs. Stipules of numerous hairs, rarely membranous or 0 [in ours?]. Leaves opposite or alternate, glabrous, fleshy. Flowers sessile or clustered at branch apices and surrounded by a group of leaves. Sepals 2, unequal, the larger enfolding the smaller. Petals 4-5(-6), shed quickly. Stamens 4-c.100. Ovary semi-inferior. Style simple with 2-several stigmas. Capsule dehiscing transversely.

Worldwide: 40 species in tropical and warm regions

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
hereroensis SchinzNDescription, Image
oleracea L.N,SDescription, Image
quadrifida L.N,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Portulaca:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Portulaca
Flora of Caprivi: Portulaca
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Portulaca
Flora of Mozambique: Portulaca
Flora of Zambia: Portulaca
Flora of Zimbabwe: Portulaca
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Portulaca

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Portulaca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Portulaca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Portulaca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Portulaca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Portulaca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Portulaca
JSTOR Plant Science: Portulaca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Portulaca
Plants of the World Online: Portulaca
Tropicos: Portulaca
Wikipedia: Portulaca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Portulaca.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=565, retrieved 2 December 2023

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