Portulaca suffrutescens

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Shrubby purslane
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca
P. suffrutescens
Binomial name
Portulaca suffrutescens
Engelm. 1881

Portulaca suffrutescens, the shrubby purslane,[1] is a plant species native to the southwestern United States and northern and central Mexico. It has been found in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Querétaro and Guerrero.[2][3][4]

Portulaca suffrutescens is a perennial with tuberous roots. Stems are stiff, erect, up to 30 cm (12 inches) tall. Leaves are needle-like, round in cross-section, up to 3 cm 1.2 inches) long. Flowers are orange, copper or bronze, up to 25 mm (1 inch) across. Seeds are black with a row of small bumps along one side.[2][5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ "Portulaca suffrutescens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Flora of North America Portulaca suffrutescens
  3. ^ Legrand, C. D. 1962. Las especies americanas de Portulaca. Anales Museo Nacional Montevideo, ser. 2, 7(3): 1–147, lám. I–XXIX.
  4. ^ SEINet, Southwestern Biodiversity, Arizona chapter
  5. ^ photo of syntype of Portulaca suffrutescens at Missouri Botanical Garden
  6. ^ Engelmann, Georg. 1881. Botanical Gazette 6(7): 236.
  7. ^ Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas i–xv, 1–1881. The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.
  8. ^ Shreve, F. & I. L. Wiggins. 1964. Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert. Stanford University Press, Stanford.
  9. ^ Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers