Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Caryophyllales

Portulacaceae - Purslane family

Wild, H. (1961) Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the family

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs, usually glabrous and succulent. Stipules scarious, hair-like or 0. Leaves simple, opposite or alternate. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Sepals 2. Petals 4-6, often shed quickly. Stamens as many as petals or more numerous. Ovary superior or half-inferior (Portulaca), 1-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 32 genera and 380 species, cosmopolitan, with the highest concentration of species in arid areas of the Southern hemisphere.

Zambia: 2 genera and 6 taxa.

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GenusContent
Portulaca L.Description
Talinum Adans.Description

Other sources of information about Portulacaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Portulacaceae
Flora of Malawi: Portulacaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Portulacaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Portulacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Portulacaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Portulacaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Portulacaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Portulacaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=184, retrieved 27 June 2017

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