Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial herbs, often with a thickened taproot, glabrous or with axillary hairs. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite, usually sessile, simple, more or less fleshy; stipules absent. Inflorescence a terminal head-like cymose panicle. Flowers bisexual; sepals 2, fused at base; petals usually 5, fused at base; stamens usually numerous; ovary semi-inferior, 1 locular; ovules numerous; style cleft into 3–7 stigmatic arms. Fruit a circumsciss capsule.

1 genus with 116 species, worldwide, more common in tropic and subtropic regions.

A phylogenetic study of Portulacineae has found Victorian genera previously included in this family (i.e. Claytonia, Montia and Calandrinia) to be better placed in a separate family, Montiaceae (Nyffeler & Eggli 2010).

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: Andre Messina, 2017-09-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
Higher taxa
family Portulacaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Portulaca