about 40-100, see text
Sedopsis (Engl.) Exell & Mendonça
Portulaca (//, 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.
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.
Formerly placed here
- Anacampseros arachnoides (Haw.) Sims (as P. arachnoides Haw.)
- Anacampseros filamentosa subsp. filamentosa (as P. filamentosa Haw.)
- Anacampseros lanceolata subsp. lanceolata (as P. lanceolata Haw.)
- Anacampseros rufescens (Haw.) Sweet (as P. rufescens Haw.)
- Anacampseros telephiastrum DC. (as P. anacampseros L.)
- Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L. (as P. portulacastrum L.)
- Talinum fruticosum (L.) Juss. (as P. fruticosa L. or P. triangularis Jacq.)
- Talinum paniculatum (Jacq.) Gaertn. (as P. paniculata Jacq. or P. patens L.)
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- "Genus: Portulaca L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2011-03-04.
- "Portulaca". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Portulaca". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- "Species Records of Portulaca". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
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