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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to NW. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual; stems decumbent, spreading from a central root, up to 20 cm long but not rooting at the nodes, with many shortly ascending branches, becoming woody near the base.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, crowded on short internodes, elliptic to oblong,5–8.5 mm long, 0.8–1.5 mm wide, obtuse; axillary hairs in dense shaggy tufts as long as the internodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in terminal clusters of up to 10, encircled by involucral leaves resembling the cauline leaves and enclosing a copious mass of woolly hairs almost as long as the flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals broadly ovate, 2.8–4.2 mm long, rounded on the back, keeled and crested at the tip, upper margins broad and hyaline; petals 5, usually magenta or occasionally dark red, 2.5–3.5(–4.5) mm long, oblanceolate-oblong, rounded; stamens 4–12; stigma 3–5-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing in the middle, the lid 1.6–2 mm high, slightly broader than long; seeds 0.6–0.7 mm long, metallic silvery-grey, iridescent, the testa cells stellate, conical-tuberculate.
Habitat
Open short grassland on sandy soil, overgrazed areas and shallow soil over rock; 1050–1500 m
Distribution
K2 K5 T1 U3 U4 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Portulaca fischeri Pax appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 17: 585 (1893)

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

  • Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 17: 585 (1893).
  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika: 270 (1938).
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 37: 306 (1934)
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 178 (1940).

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