Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Portulacaceae - Purslane family

Wild, H. (1961) Portulacaceae FZ 1(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs, usually glabrous and succulent. Stipules scarious, hair-like or 0. Leaves simple, opposite or alternate. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 2. Petals 4-6, often shed quickly. Stamens as many as petals or more numerous. Ovary superior or half-inferior (Portulaca), 1-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Comment: Differs from the Caryophyllaceae in the 2 sepals.

Worldwide: 32 genera and 380 species, cosmopolitan, but especially W America.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 14 taxa.

Portulaca rhodesiana

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Anacampseros Boehm.Description, Image
Portulaca L.Description, Image
Talinum Adans.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Portulacaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Portulacaceae
Flora of Malawi: Portulacaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Portulacaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Portulacaceae
Flora of Zambia: Portulacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Portulacaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Portulacaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Portulacaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=184, retrieved 24 May 2015

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