Portulaca

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Portulaca
Portulaca amilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Core eudicots
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Portulacaceae
Genus:Portulaca
L.[1]
Species

about 40-100, see text

Synonyms

Sedopsis (Engl.) Exell & Mendonça[1]

 
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Portulaca
Portulaca amilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Core eudicots
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Portulacaceae
Genus:Portulaca
L.[1]
Species

about 40-100, see text

Synonyms

Sedopsis (Engl.) Exell & Mendonça[1]

Portulaca (/ˌpɔrtjˈlkə/,[2] purslane) is the type genus of the flowering plant family Portulacaceae, comprising about 40-100 species found in the tropics and warm temperate regions. They are also known as Moss Roses.

Portulaca 'All Aglow'

Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is widely considered an edible plant, and in some areas an invasive type of weed. Some Portulaca species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Nutmeg (Hadula trifolii).

Purslane can be eaten raw or cooked, and lends itself to stir fry dishes. Some say it has a slight lemon-like taste and mushroom-like texture. It is relatively easy to grow in more northern climates, including the New England area in the United States.

Selected species[edit]

  • Portulaca amilis Speg. – Paraguayan Purslane
  • Portulaca andicola
  • Portulaca bicolor – Pigweed
  • Portulaca biloba Urb. – Cuban Purslane
  • Portulaca boliviensis
  • Portulaca caulerpoides Britt. & Wilson ex Britt. – Puerto Rican Purslane
  • Portulaca cryptopetala
  • Portulaca elatior
  • Portulaca elongata
  • Portulaca eruca
  • Portulaca fluvialis
  • Portulaca fragilis
  • Portulaca gilliesii
  • Portulaca gracilis
  • Portulaca grandiflora Hook. – Moss-rose Purslane
  • Portulaca halimoides L. – Silkcotton Purslane
  • Portulaca insularis
  • Portulaca intraterranea
  • Portulaca kuriensis A.G.Mill. (Yemen)
  • Portulaca lanuginosa
  • Portulaca longiusculotuberculata
  • Portulaca lutea Soland. ex G.Forst. – Yellow Purslane
  • Portulaca molokiniensis HobdyʻIhi
  • Portulaca mucronata
  • Portulaca napiformis
  • Portulaca oleracea L. – Common Purslane, Pigweed
  • Portulaca papulosa
  • Portulaca pedicellata
  • Portulaca perennis
  • Portulaca pilosa L. – Shaggy Purslane
  • Portulaca psammotropha
  • Portulaca quadrifida L. – Chickenweed Purslane
  • Portulaca rotundifolia
  • Portulaca rubricaulis – Redstem Purslane
  • Portulaca samhaensis A.G.Mill. (Yemen)
  • Portulaca sclerocarpa A.GrayʻIhi Makole
  • Portulaca sedifolia A.G.Mill. (Yemen)
  • Portulaca smallii P.Wilson – Small's Purslane
  • Portulaca suffrutescens Engelm. – Shrubby Purslane
  • Portulaca teretifolia – Roundleaf Purslane
  • Portulaca umbraticola Kunth – Wingpod Purslane
  • Portulaca villosa Cham. – Hairy Purslane, ʻIhi[3][4]

Formerly placed here[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Genus: Portulaca L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2011-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Portulaca". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. 
  3. ^ "Portulaca". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Species Records of Portulaca". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 

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