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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 445. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 12/14/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Note : Portulaca oleracea aggr.
Project data     (Last Modified On 9/9/2015)
Area distribution:

About 40 species mostly in tropical regions of both hemispheres. 


Literature: Danin, A., Baker, I. & H. G. Baker, Cytogeography and taxonomy of Portulca oleracea L. polyploid complex, Israel Jour. Bot. 27: 177-211 (1979). Danin, A. & Reyes-Betancort, J.A., The status of Portulaca oleracea L. in Tenerife, The Canary Islands, Lagascalia 26:71-81 (2006). Danin, A., Domina G. & Raimondo F.M., Microspecies of the Portulaca oleracea aggregate found on major Mediterranean islands (Sicily, Cyprus, Crete, Rhodes), Fl. Medit. 18: 89-108 (2008). Danin, A., Portulacaceae, in Greuter, W. & Raab-Straube, von E. (eds.) Euro+Med. Notulae No. 27, Willdenowia 41:. 131-134 (2011).


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Diffusely branching annual or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate or almost opposite, mostly fleshy, flat or terete, with scarious or setaceous stipules, sometimes minute. Flowers mostly terminal, solitary or in clusters, sessile or pedicellate, yellow or purplish. Sepals 2, connate at base, partly united with ovary, caducous. Petals 4-6, free or inserted at top of calyx. Stamens 7 to many, inserted on petals. Ovary 1-celled; placentation central; ovules many in vertical rows; style filiform, 2-8-fid. Capsule membranous, opening by a lid. Seeds reniform, shining, often tuberculate.


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