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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Succulent ephemeral; stems ascending, branching slightly above the base, up to 10 cm high, pale pinkish-brown.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, crowded on short internodes, very fleshy, elliptic to narrowly oblong, 2.5–5 mm long, 1.5–1.8 mm wide, obtuse; axillary hairs many, woolly, longer than the internodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in terminal clusters of 2–3 or more, surrounded by ± 6 involucral leaves and dense hairs 3–4 mm long, involucral leaves resembling the stem leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals broadly ovate, 2.7–3 mm long, rounded on the back, obtuse, the inner lightly keeled and crested at the tip; petals 5, pink or carmine, 3.5–4 mm long, ± free, obovate-oblong, concave, rounded; stamens 17–19; stigma 4-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2.4 mm high, dehiscing near the middle, lid dome-shaped, as wide as high; seeds reniform, 0.45 mm long, brown, finally with a silvery-grey iridescent sheen, testa cells jigsaw-shaped, almost flat.
Habitat
Sandy open patches in deciduous bushland on coral and between coastal dunes;near sea level
Distribution
K7 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Greenway [9423], Kenya K000313633 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 55: 695 (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: 695 (2000).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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