Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Succulent annual or perennial herbs, stems prostrate, ascending or twining. Leaves alternate or opposite, mostly basal, sometimes appearing rosetted, becoming progressively smaller toward branch-tips, usually sessile, terete to flat or concave on upper surface; axillary hairs absent. Flowers few–many, in contracted or elongating cymes; bracts alternate to opposite; sepals free, usually persistent in fruit; petals 4–11 (commonly 5), free, white to purplish; stamens 3–many; ovary superior, ovules 1–many, style cleft into 3 or 4 stigmatic arms. Capsule longitudinally dehiscent or opening via a terminal pore; seeds ovate to reniform, smooth or the testa variably patterned.

About 120 species from Australia and the Americas; c. 40 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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-01-13
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