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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Strongly succulent short-lived herb with a long root; stems erect, up to 10 cm high, branching above the base, flushed red, 3–4 mm thick near base.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, fleshy, 6–8 mm long, 1.3–2 mm wide, acute; axillary hairs straight, stiff, in short dense white tufts ± 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in terminal clusters of about 3–5, encircled by involucral leaves and short hairs shorter than the capsule bases.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals about 5 mm long, ovate, acute, the inner with broad thin margins; petals 5, very thin, 7 mm long, obovate-oblong, truncate and apiculate; stamens 40 or more; stigma 4-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing near the middle, base deeply infundibuliform, lid 2.4 mm high, slightly wider than high; seeds 0.45 mm long, iridescent silvery-grey, the testa-cells stellate, domed, tuberculate round the periphery.
Habitat
Unknown; 400 m
Distribution
T3 only known from the type

Native to:

Tanzania

Portulaca humilis Peter appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 40(2, Anh.): 35 (1938)

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

  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika, Descript.: 35, t. 39/2 (1938)
  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika: 270 (1938).
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 181 (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/
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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