Portulaca oleracea L.

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Portulaca oleracea

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Backpackers & Overlanders Lodge, Twentydales Extn, Harare

Portulaca oleracea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

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Common names: Common purslane (English)
Status: Introduced
Prostrate, succulent annual, branches up to 30 cm. Leaves alternate, sessile, glabrous, broadly rounded, usually crowded near the ends of branches. Flowers terminal, 1-5, bright yellow, surrounded by a cluster of leaves.
Derivation of specific name: oleracea: vegetable-garden herb used in cooking
Habitat: Gardens and disturbed places
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Native of Europe, a cosmoplitan weed.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hypolimnas misippus (Food plant)
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 303. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 215. (Includes a picture).

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 32.

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.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 17. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 363 - 364.

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Flora of Botswana: Portulaca oleracea
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Portulaca oleracea
African Plant Database: Portulaca oleracea
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Portulaca oleracea
Plants of the World Online: Portulaca oleracea
Tropicos: Portulaca oleracea
Wikipedia: Portulaca oleracea

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: Portulaca oleracea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123210, retrieved 22 July 2024

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