Portulaca oleraceae - Common purslane

Family Portulacaceae




Common purslane is a prostrate growing annual.  

common purslane

Leaves are obovate in shape, succulent, and fleshy.  They are arranged alternately along the stem.

common purslane

Stems are reddish brown and circular in cross-section.

common purslane

Flowers occur solitary in leaf axils and are sessile.  Flowers are only open on sunny days, a characteristic common to plants in the family Portulacaceae.

common purslane

Flowers are yellow, with 5 bilobed or tri-lobed petals.  There are 2 sepals, another common trait among plants in this family.

common purslane




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