Portulaca oleracea
common purslane
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced from southern Europe and widely distributed in the United States.

Habitat: Gardens, disturbed soil

Flowers: June - Frost

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glabrous, fleshy annual with several prostrate, freely-branched stems up to 3 dm. long.

Leaves:

Leaves alternate, somewhat clustered at the branch tips, spatulate to obovate, 1-3 cm. long and 3-10 mm. wide.

Flowers:

Flowers sessile, axillary and in small, terminal clusters; sepals 2, 3-4 mm. long, keeled, acute, attached to the lower part of the ovary, making the ovary partly inferior; petals usually 5, yellow, slightly shorter than the sepals; stamens 6-10; styles 4-6, united below.

Fruits:

Capsule

Accepted Name:
Portulaca oleracea L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 445. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Portulaca neglecta Mack. & Bush
Portulaca retusa Engelm.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Portulaca oleracea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Portulaca oleracea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Portulaca oleracea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Portulaca oleracea photos.

USDA Plants: Portulaca oleracea information.

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