1. Family: Portulacaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Portulaca L.
      1. Portulaca quadrifida L.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Old World to SW. Pacific.

    [FTEA]

    Portulacaceae, Sylvia M. Phillips. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

    Habit
    Prostrate, mat-forming annual or short-lived perennial; stems spreading to 30 cm or more, much branched, rooting freely from the nodes, articulated, fleshy and often flushed reddish.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, 5–10(–14) mm long, 1.5–3(–4) mm wide subacute to obtuse, the nerves obvious; nodes with a dense whorl of whitish hairs 2–6 mm long, some hairs scale-like at the base, a few narrowly lanceolate scales intermixed.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers solitary at the tips of short lateral branches, surrounded by 4 involucral leaves and copious hairs.
    Flowers
    Sepals ovate, 3–4(–5.8) mm long; petals 4, usually yellow, rarely apricot, pinkish or red, 3.5–6(–10) mm long; stamens 7–16; stigma 4-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing near the base, basal part a very thin persistent rim, lid conical or dome-shaped, 2–4 mm high, thinly papyraceous; seeds semi-orbicular in outline, ± 1 mm long, dull grey, testa cells shallowly convex to domed, often with a central tubercle, the marginal walls obvious, straight and thick.
    Habitat
    Bare patches and among rocks, on sandy or stony soils, in disturbed places and as a weed of cultivation; 0–2000 m
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 P T1 T2 T3 T6 T8 U1 throughout Africa and tropical Asia but absent from Australiawarm parts of the New World
    [FZ]

    Portulacaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Prostrate annual herb with a somewhat swollen tap-root; stems often reddish and sometimes rooting at the nodes, sometimes reaching 25 cm. long and c. 1 cm. in diam.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite; lamina fleshy, up to 10 × 4 mm. but often much less and frequently somewhat shrunk in dried specimens, elliptic, lanceolate, elliptic-oblong or rarely cordate-ovate, apex acute or obtuse, both surfaces more or less flattened; petiole c. 1 mm. long; stipular hairs whitish, numerous, 3–5 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers 1–4 at the ends of the branches, surrounded by 4 leaves often somewhat larger than the cauline ones, and by numerous hairs c. 4 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Sepals 2–4 × 1·5–3·5 mm., ± triangular, obtuse, united at the base.
    Corolla
    Petals 4 (5), yellow or orange or very rarely pink or purplish, almost free, c. 5 × 3 mm., elliptic to ovate.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8–12.
    Pistil
    Ovary conical-ovoid; style c. 5 mm. long, thickened at the apex and with 4 spreading stigmas.
    Fruits
    Capsule conical-ovoid, dehiscing horizontally c. 1/3of the way up.
    Seeds
    Seeds many, c. 1 mm. in diam., greyish, reniform, verrucose with blunt tubercles.
    [FWTA]

    Portulacaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Habit
    A prostrate or decumbent herb with pinkish stems
    Leaves
    Fleshy leaves very variable in shape size
    Indumentum
    Conspicuously woolly at the nodes
    Flowers
    Flowers yellow.
    Ecology
    A common ruderal, but in Sierra Leone only seen in a few towns.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Free State, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gilbert Is., Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Gulf States, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Liberia, Malawi, Malaya, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oman, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Socotra, Somalia, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Andaman Is., Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mauritius, Nicobar Is., Puerto Rico, Rodrigues, Réunion, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Is.

    Common Names

    English
    Purslane, Pusley, Wild purslane

    Portulaca quadrifida L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Kenya 38708.000
    Greenway, P.J. [10140], Tanzania 695.000
    Eggeling [4267], Uganda 39384.000
    Napper, D.M. [1994], Kenya 6049.259
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 6843] K001124964
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 6843] K001124965
    Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 6843] K001124966
    s.coll. [Cat. no. 6843] K001124962
    s.coll. [Cat. no. 6843], India K001124963

    First published in Mant. Pl.: 73 (1767)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Sikarwar, R.L.S. (2014). Angiosperm diversity assessment of Chitrakootthe legendary place of Vindhyan range, India Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 38: 563-619.
    • Mostaph, M.K. & Uddin, S.B. (2013). Dictionary of plant names of Bangladesh, Vasc. Pl.: 1-434. Janokalyan Prokashani, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
    • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.
    • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Figueiredo, E., Paiva, J., Stévart, T., Oliveira, F. & Smith, G.F. (2011). Annotated catalogue of the flowering plants of São Tomé and Príncipe Bothalia, A Journal of Botanical Research 41: 41-82.
    • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
    • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
    • Pandey, R.P. & Dilwakar, P.G. (2008). An integrated check-list flora of Andaman and Nicobar islands, India Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 32: 403-500.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
    • Catarino, L., Sampaio Martins, E., Pinto-Basto, M.F. & Diniz, M.A. (2006). Plantas Vasculares e Briófitos da Guiné-Bissau: 1-298. Instituto de investigação científica tropical, Instituto Português de apoio ao desenvolvimento.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
    • Kress, W.J., DeFilipps, R.A., Farr, E. & Kyi, D.Y.Y. (2003). A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Climbers of Myanmar Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45: 1-590. Smithsonian Institution.
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2003). Flora of China 5: 1-505. Science Press (Beijing) & Missouri Botanical Garden Press (St. Louis).
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Lê, T.C. (2003). Danh l?c các loài th?c v?t Vi?t Nam 2: 1-1203. Hà N?i : Nhà xu?t b?n Nông nghi?p.
    • Aké Assi, L. (2002). Flore de la Côte-d'Ivoire: catalogue systématique, biogéographie et écologie. II Boissiera 58: 1-401.
    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
    • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    • Boggan, J. Funck, V. & Kelloff, C. (1997). Checklist of the Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Surinam, Franch Guiana) ed. 2: 1-238. University of Guyana, Georgetown.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Dassanayake (ed.) (1996). A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon 10: 1-426. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. PVT. LTD., New Delhi, Calcutta.
    • Turner, I.M. (1995 publ. 1997). A catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Malaya Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 47(2): 347-655.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
    • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
    • Jones, M. (1991). A checklist of Gambian plants: 1-33. Michael Jones, The Gambia College.
    • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
    • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
    • Smith, A.C. (1981). Flora Vitiensis Nova. A new flora for Fiji (Spermatophytes only) 2: 1-810. Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden, Lawai.
    • Bosser, J., Cadet, T., Julien, H.R. & Marais, W. (eds.) (1980). Flore des Mascareignes 31-50: 1. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
    • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

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    • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
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