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Trianthema pilosa.jpg
Trianthema pilosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Sesuvioideae
Genus: Trianthema

About 20, see text.


Ancistrostigma Fenzl
Papularia Forssk.
Portulacastrum Juss. ex Medik.
Reme Adans.[1]

Trianthema is a genus of flowering plants in the ice plant family, Aizoaceae. Members of the genus are annuals or perennials generally characterized by fleshy, opposite, unequal, smooth-margined leaves, a prostrate growth form, flowers with five perianth segments subtended by a pair of bracts, and a fruit with a winged lid. They are known commonly as horse purslanes.

The genus contains about 20 described species growing in tropical and subtropical regions, especially Australia. One common species, Trianthema portulacastrum, Desert Horse Purslane, is frequent as a weed in agricultural areas and is widely distributed.

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  1. ^ a b "Genus: Trianthema L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Trianthema". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  3. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Trianthema". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Trianthema at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Trianthema at Wikispecies