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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to N. Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Sprawling succulent perennial with wide-spreading roots; stem woody and 3–5 mm thick at the base, decumbent, much branched, the branches ascending to 15 cm high, 1.5–2 mm thick.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, subulate or sometimes flat, fleshy, grooved along the upper surface, 8–16 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, acute-apiculate; axillary hairs conspicuous in shaggy tufts exceeding the internodes on the young shoots, the hairs broadened at the base and some joined into a pair of crescent-shaped white scales.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in terminal clusters of 2–3, encircled by ± 8 involucral leaves enclosing a copious mass of woolly hairs, opening in late morning.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals reddish, 4.3–5.8 mm long, the outer with a small crest; petals 5, yellow or rarely white, obovate-oblong, 5–8 mm long, rounded, apiculate; stamens (10–)16–22(–30); stigma 4–5(–6)-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing below the middle, base 1.5–2 mm high, shallowly infundibuliform, lid a broad rounded dome 2.5–3 mm high; seeds (0.75–)0.8–0.9 mm long, light grey with a dull lustre, the testa cells flat, small, jigsaw-shaped, usually with a black central peg.
Figures
Fig. 3 (p. 22).
Habitat
In crevices of rock outcrops and stony hillsides in bushed grassland, and in the volcanic ash of cinder cones; (65–)700–2450 m
Distribution
not known elsewhere K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T2

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Portulaca massaica S.M.Phillips appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1999 Faden, R.B. [74/595], Kenya K000075357 Unknown type material

First published in Kew Bull. 55: 689 (2000)

Accepted by

  • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • S.M. Phillips in Kew Bulletin 55: 689, fig. 1 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0