COMMON PURSLANE

Portulaca oleracea

Purslane Family [Portulacaceae]

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status
statusZarchaeophyte
 
flower
flower8yellow
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ5
(4)5(6)
stem
stem8round
 
sex
sexZbisexual
 

28th Aug 2007, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
It may be called 'Common' Purslane, but it certainly is NOT common anywhere other than in the SE of England! Your Author has never seen it, even when on holiday in other places in England! The stem s are prostrate (as here) to erect, reddish and mostly round (apart from some very slight grooves). It is up to 50cm long. The leaves ar between 1 to 2cm long, some with a minute bristly tip. The flowers are bright yellow and in small groups of 1 to 3 in the centre of what looks like a rosette of unequally-sized leaves (but probably isn't) and somewhat randomly distributed.


28th Aug 2007, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The flowers are between 8 to 12mm across with usually 5 petals (sometimes only 4 or as many as 6). The petals themselves ar 4 to 8mm long.


28th Aug 2007, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The leaves may have a red edge in sympathy with the red stem. The leaves are not shiny but rather dull and with a mottled appearance.


28th Aug 2007, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Your Author thinks this floret has 4 petals. The inner sexual organs are the same colour as the petals.


28th Aug 2007, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The stem branches.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

It resides within the Portulaceae Genus, once with with several other differing species such as Blinks (Montia fontana), Springbeauty (Claytonia perfoliata) and Pink Purslane (Claytonia sibrica) for company - but these others have now been despatched into differing families by taxonomists with DNA analysers leaving just a single plant, Common Purslane in the Portulaceae family, all on its own without company. Blinks now resides in the Montia Genus andPink Purslane and Springbeauty now reside in the Claytonia genus, both genera of which reside in the Montiaceae (Blinks) family.

It is a cultivated archaeophyte, weeding in arable fields in the Channel Islands and Scilly. Elsewhere it is a rare casual occurring in Central and Southern Britain. There are also in existence slightly different pot-herbs which are cultivated and sold which have smaller seeds and which are grown in gardens.


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Distribution
 family8Purslane family8Portulacaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Portulaca
Portulaca
(Common Purslane)

COMMON PURSLANE

Portulaca oleracea

Purslane Family [Portulacaceae]