Talinum portulacifolium (Forssk.) Asch. ex Schweinf.

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Talinum portulacifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Talinum portulacifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Talinum portulacifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Orygia portulacifolia Forssk.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, shrubby non-succulent annual or perennial, up to c. 1 m tall. Leaves elliptic-oblong, 2-9 cm long, dark green; apex rounded. Flowers in lax, many-flowered inflorescences, pink to purplish, c. 2.5 cm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: portulacifolium: with leaves like a Portulaca
Habitat: In open deciduous woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to the Eastern Cape South Africa. Also on the Arabian Peninsula and India
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 54.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 68.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 94.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 154 - 155.

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 371 - 372. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Talinum portulacifolium:

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Flora of Botswana: Talinum portulacifolium
Flora of Caprivi: Talinum portulacifolium
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Talinum portulacifolium
Flora of Mozambique: Talinum portulacifolium
Flora of Zambia: Talinum portulacifolium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Talinum portulacifolium

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Talinum portulacifolium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123130, retrieved 22 July 2024

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