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Portulaca halimoides

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Family: PortulacaceaeView Description 

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.
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 2017. Portulaca halimoides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 20, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 20, 2017.

Portulaca halimoides
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© 2012 Keir Morse
Portulaca halimoides
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© 2002 Thomas M. Elder, M.D.
Portulaca halimoides
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© 2004 James M. Andre
Portulaca halimoides
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© 2012 Keir Morse
Portulaca halimoides
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© 2012 Keir Morse
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© 2005 James M. Andre

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Geographic subdivisions for Portulaca halimoides:
PR, DSon, DMoj;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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