Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3066

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in GA & SC, rare in NC

Look for it on island end flats and sea beaches, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Pinkish-purplish
Pedicel (3)5-20mm long
Bisexual
5 sepals
Petals absent
Numerous (30) stamens (no petaloid staminodes)
Ovary half-inferior
Flowers solitary in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Sesuvium portulacastrum   FAMILY Aizoaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sesuvium portulacastrum   FAMILY Aizoaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 069-01-001:
Sesuvium portulacastrum   FAMILY Aizoaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sesuvium portulacastrum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Sesuvium portulacastrum

 

COMMON NAME:
Large Sea-purslane, Shoreline Sea-purslane


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image of Sesuvium portulacastrum

Keith Bradley    kab_sportulacastrum_08281

April    Monroe County    FL

Everglades National Park

A fleshy smooth herb with elongate creeping branches, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Sesuvium portulacastrum

Keith Bradley    kab_sportulacastrum08256b

April    Monroe County    FL

Everglades National Park

Flowers on pedicels 3mm or longer. Sepals green outside and pink within, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Sesuvium portulacastrum

Keith Bradley    kab_sportulacastrum_03675

May        Bahamas

Stems prostrate, forming mats to 2m diameter, per Flora of North America.

image of Sesuvium portulacastrum

Keith Bradley    kab_sportulacastrum03675b

May        Bahamas

Flowers are stalked and branches root at nodes [vs. not so in S. maritimum], per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.