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)
Frequency: Common
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: (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)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

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

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


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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 23 October 2016

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