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Harvey J Jackson Portulaca 2019.jpg
A Large array of Portulaca umbraticola and Portulaca oleracea (middle right)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca

about 40-100, see text


Sedopsis (Engl.) Exell & Mendonça[1]

Portulaca (/ˌpɔːrtjˈlkə/,[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 purslanes.

Portulaca 'All Aglow'

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

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Pink Portulaca Flower from volunteer plant growing in a pot indoors



  1. ^ a b "Genus: Portulaca L." Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1998-04-28. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  2. ^ "Portulaca". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  3. ^ "Portulaca cyclophylla". APNI. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Portulaca". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  5. ^ a b "Species Records of Portulaca". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-03-04.

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