Portulaca

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Succulent annual or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate to subopposite, usually sessile, terete to flat; axillary hairs present. Flowers few–many, in compact cymes subtended by several involucral leaves, each flower subtended by a (usually unequal) pair of scarious bracts; sepals united at base, the tubular portion fused to the lower half of ovary; petals 4–6, fused at base; stamens 8-many; ovary semi-inferior, ovules numerous, style cleft into 3–7 stigmatic arms. Capsule circumsciss, the sepals and remains of the petals falling with the upper part of capsule; seeds numerous, orbicular to ± reniform, smooth or variably tuberculate to papillate.

About 100 species in tropics and warmer temperate regions, many of them weedy; c. 20 species in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Portulacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Portulacaceae
Higher taxa
genus Portulaca
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