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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 070-03-005:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley


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image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pool_001_lvd

        

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

JK Marlow    jkm140625_310

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_oleracea_3254

September    Iredell County    NC

Flowers bright yellow, 1/4-3/8" wide, mostly solitary in a rosette of leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_oleracea_3255

September    Iredell County    NC

A prostrate, branching succulent w reddish stems which blooms briefly in AM, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_portulaca_oleracea_1

September    Catawba County    NC

Thick, flat obovate leaves about 1" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 070-03-005:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3109

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Asia (apparently)

Habitat: Gardens, disturbed areas, cracks in sidewalks; partly native in our area (different genotypes, sometimes treated as varieties, subspecies, or species, appear to have different areas of origin but are now widely distributed by introduction), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Leaves alternate or subopposite, congested & involucre-like at inflorescence
Margins entire

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
2 sepals
5-7 petals
Ovary half-inferior

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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