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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Uganda and NE. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Bushy succulent herb up to 30 cm high; base woody and 3–7 mm thick, much branched above, branches spreading, 2–3.5 mm thick with smooth grey bark.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, linear to subulate, fleshy, grooved along the upper surface, 10–25(–30) mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, acute-apiculate; axillary hairs in shaggy tufts mixed with falcate-based scales on the young growth, inconspicuous or absent on the older branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in terminal clusters of 2–3, encircled by 6–8 involucral leaves enclosing dense woolly hairs, opening in late morning.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals reddish, 5.5–7 mm long, the outer with a small apical crest; petals 5(–6), yellow, obovate-oblong, 7–12 mm long, rounded, apiculate; stamens 27–50; stigma 4–8-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing below the middle, base 1.5–3 mm high, infundibuliform, lid a broad rounded dome 2.3–4 mm high; seeds 0.85–0.95 mm long, metallic grey, the testa cells flat, small, jigsaw-shaped, usually with a black central peg.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland on sandy soil, especially by rocky outcrops; 400–2050 m
Distribution
K2 K3 K7 T3 U1 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Portulaca grandis Peter appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 40(2, Anh.): 34 (1938)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika, Descript.: 34, t. 41/2 (1938)
  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika: 270 (1938).
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 179 (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