Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Portulaca oleracea L. image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Botanical Illustration

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Kurt Stüber

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Stephen L. Solheim
Family Portulacaceae
Portulaca oleracea L.
common purslane, little hogweed, purslane, pusley
Portulaca: an old name, probably Latin, from words meaning "small gate or door" because of the capsule lid
oleracea: of the vegetable garden
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Status: Introduced (?) - naturalized
Plant: matting, annual, 1"-20" tall forb, smooth, succulent; stems usually purple-red and with many branches
Flower: yellow, 4-6 (usually 5)-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, stalkless, mostly 6-10 stamens; inflorescence of a solitary flower or in small, rounded, terminal clumps; blooms June-Sept.
Leaf:succulent, 1/4"-1" long, oval to spoon-shaped, flat with rounded tip
Habitat: disturbed sites such as gardens
Notes: leaves edible when young
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Portulaca oleracea L. subsp. granulato-stellulata (Poelln.) Danin & H.G.Baker
Portulaca oleracea L. subsp. nitida Danin & H.G.Baker

         
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