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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. DR Congo to NW. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with fleshy branching stolons; stems procumbent to ascending, to 25 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm thick.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, crowded, fleshy, linear-elliptic, 5.5–11 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, obtuse; axillary hairs in dense woolly tufts ± 2 mm long, some with slightly expanded scaly bases.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers large and showy, in terminal clusters of 1–3 encircled by involucral leaves enclosing dense woolly hairs, open in the morning; involucral leaves resembling the foliar leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals ovate, 6–7.5 mm long, lightly keeled except near the base, outer acute, inner with a small apical crest; petals 5, magenta, free, 7–12 mm long, obovate, rounded to retuse with a small central apiculum; stamens 25–30; stigma 3–5-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing near the middle, base deeply infundibuliform, lid 2.3–3 mm high, a rounded dome slightly wider than high; seeds 0.6–0.7 mm long, metallic grey or silvery-grey, the testa cells stellate-conical with black tips.
Habitat
Grassland on sandy soil; 700–1150 m
Distribution
T1 U1

Native to:

Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Portulaca centrali-africana R.E.Fr. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Wiss. Erg. Schwed. Rhodesia-Kongo-Exp. 1911-1912, 1: 35 (1914)

Accepted by

  • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
  • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
  • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 37: 305 (1934)
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 177 (1940).
  • R.E. Fr., Wiss. Ergebn. Schwed. Rhod.–Kongo Exped. 1: 35, fig. 5/a–c (1914).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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