Talinum paniculatum

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Talinum paniculatum
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Talinum paniculatum variegated form
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Talinaceae
Genus: Talinum
Species: T. paniculatum
Binomial name
Talinum paniculatum
(Jacq.) Gaertn. 1791[1] not Moench 1794 nor Ruiz & Pav.1798

Talinum paniculatum is a succulent subshrub in the purslane family, Portulacaceae, that is native to much of the western hemisphere.[1] It is commonly known as fameflower,[1] Jewels-of-Opar[1] (a name borrowed from the title of the novel Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs[4]), or pink baby's-breath.[1]


T. paniculatum bears tuberous roots[5] and panicles of flowers and produces tiny, jewel-like fruits.

Native distribution[edit]

Talinum paniculatum with fruits and flowers

Talinum paniculatum is native to the southern United States, much of Latin America and the Caribbean.[1]


Talinum paniculatum is often grown as an ornamental plant. Cultivars include 'Kingwood Gold',[6] 'Limón',[7] and 'Variegatum'.[6]

The leaves are edible and have been used traditional medicine in Asia.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g  Under its current treatment as Talinum paniculatum (from its basionym Portulaca paniculata), this species was published in De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum … 2:219. 1791. GRIN (March 12, 2004). "Talinum paniculatum information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  2. ^  The basionym of Talinum paniculatum, Portulaca paniculata, was originally described and published in Enumeratio Systematica Plantarum, quas in Insulis Caribaeis vicinaque Americes … 2. 1760. GRIN (August 4, 2006). "Portulaca paniculata information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Talinum dichotomum Ruiz & Pav.". The Plant List; Version 1. (published on the internet). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden. 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jewels-of-Opar, Mississippi State University
  5. ^ Sajeva, Maurizio; Mariangela Costanzo (1997). Succulents: the Illustrated Dictionary. Timber Press. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-88192-398-8. 
  6. ^ a b Hodgson, Larry (2002). Annuals for Every Purpose. Rodale. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-87596-824-7. 
  7. ^ Winter, Norman (2007-06-28). "Limón talinum is jewel for gardens". Southern Gardening. Mississippi State University. 
  8. ^ "Philippine Medicinal Plants Godofredo Umali-Stuart". 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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