Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual fibrous-rooted herbs, or perennials with a rhizome or erect, woody subterranean rootstock. Leaves rosetted at base. Flowering stems erect, leafless, but with a pair of opposite, connate leaves or leaf-like bracts subtending the inflorescence; axillary hairs absent. Inflorescence cymose, sometimes appearing umbellate; bracts present or absent; sepals free or shortly united at base, persistent in fruit; petals 5, free or shortly united at base; stamens 5; ovary superior, ovules 3 or 6; style cleft into 3 stigmatic arms. Capsule splitting longitudinally into 3 valves; seeds 3 or 6.

About 25 species, most native to North America; 1 species naturalised 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 Montiaceae
Higher taxa
genus Claytonia
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