Portulaca oleracea L.

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Portulaca oleracea

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Twentydales Extn, Harare

Portulaca oleracea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

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Synonyms:
Common names: Common purslane (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Description:
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.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: oleracea: vegetable-garden herb used in cooking
Habitat: Gardens and disturbed places
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Native of Europe, a cosmoplitan weed.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hypolimnas misippus (Food plant)
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Literature:

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).

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

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


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Portulaca oleracea
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West African Plants database: Portulaca oleracea


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Portulaca oleracea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123210, retrieved 25 June 2016

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