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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 070-03-005:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley


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image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pool_001_lvd

        

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

JK Marlow    jkm140625_310

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_oleracea_3254

September    Iredell County    NC

Flowers bright yellow, 1/4-3/8" wide, mostly solitary in a rosette of leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_oleracea_3255

September    Iredell County    NC

A prostrate, branching succulent w reddish stems which blooms briefly in AM, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Portulaca oleracea, Common Purslane, Garden Purslane, Pussley

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_portulaca_oleracea_1

September    Catawba County    NC

Thick, flat obovate leaves about 1" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 070-03-005:
Portulaca oleracea   FAMILY Portulacaceae

 

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3109

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Asia (apparently)

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in gardens, disturbed areas, cracks in sidewalks, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Leaves alternate or subopposite, congested & involucre-like at inflorescence
Margins entire

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
2 sepals
5-7 petals
Ovary half-inferior

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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