E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Portulaca oleracea L.
common purslane (little hogweed)
Portulacaceae

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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General:
Annual succulent herb from a taproot; stems usually prostrate, several, freely branched, 10-30 cm long.
Leaves:
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate to sub-opposite, spoon- to egg-shaped, 1-3 cm long, 3-10 mm wide, involucral-like at the stem tips.
Flowers:
Inflorescence of axillary and terminal clusters of unstalked flowers; buds pointed at the tips; petals usually 5, yellow, 3-5 mm long; sepals 2, keeled, sharp-pointed, 3-4 mm long; stamens 6-10, joined at the base.
Fruits:
Capsules, 3-8 mm wide; seeds black, with fine projections, 0.6-1 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Fields and waste places; infrequent in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Portulaca neglecta Mack. & Bush
Portulaca oleracea subsp. granulatostellulata (Poelln.) Danin & Baker
Portulaca oleracea subsp. impolita Danin & Baker
Portulaca oleracea subsp. nicaraguensis Danin & Baker
Portulaca oleracea subsp. nitida Danin & Baker
Portulaca oleracea subsp. papillatostellulata Danin & Baker
Portulaca oleracea subsp. stellata Danin & Baker
Portulaca retusa Engelm.

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