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Portulaca halimoides
DESERT PORTULACA

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Family: PortulacaceaeView Description 

Common Name: PURSLANE FAMILY
Habit: Annual to perennial herb, generally fleshy. Stem: [1]several to many, spreading [to erect], generally glabrous. Leaf: simple, alternate or opposite, linear, obovate, spoon-shaped, [elliptic, +- round], flat or cylindric, hairs in axils, inconspicuous or not [0], upper 2--5 forming involucre. Inflorescence: flowers 1 or clustered at stem tips. Flower: bisexual, radial; sepals 2, fused at base, lower part fused to ovary and generally persistent in fruit; petals [4]5[7], fused at base, forming ring, yellow [magenta, rose, orange, white]; stamens 4--20[> 20], epipetalous or not, anthers yellow; ovary 1/2-inferior, chamber 1, ovules several to many, placenta free-central; style branches [2]3--6[12]. Fruit: capsule, circumscissile. Seed: many, reniform, +- tubercled, black, gray, [brown, +- blue].
Genera In Family: 1 genus, +- 100 species: +- worldwide, especially tropics, subtropics some cultivated (Portulaca grandiflora Hook.; Portulaca umbraticola Kunth). Note: All other California genera previously in this family now in Montiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Gilberto Ocampo
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PortulacaView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Etymology: (Probably Latin: small gate or door, from capsule lid)

Portulaca halimoides L.
NATIVE
Habit: Annual. Stem: spreading to ascending, 2--15 cm. Leaf: 3--15 mm. Inflorescence: flowers 2--8. Flower: sepals 1--2.5 mm, generally +- red; petals 1.5--3.5 mm, yellow; stamens 4--18; style branches 3--4. Fruit: 1.5--2 mm wide. Seed: 0.3--0.5 mm wide, black or metallic silver. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Ecology: Sandy washes, flats; Elevation: 1000--1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: PR, DSon, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico, Central America, South America. Flowering Time: Sep
Synonyms: Portulaca parvula A. Gray
eFlora Treatment Author: Gilberto Ocampo
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Citation for this treatment: Gilberto Ocampo 2016. Portulaca halimoides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=39526, accessed on February 14, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 14, 2016.


Portulaca halimoides
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Portulaca halimoides
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Portulaca halimoides
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Portulaca halimoides
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Portulaca halimoides
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Portulaca halimoides
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Geographic subdivisions for Portulaca halimoides:
PR, DSon, DMoj;
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