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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Succulent herb from a taproot, probably annual; several stems arising above the base, ascending to decumbent, up to 30 cm long, with many short leafy branchlets.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, narrowly oblong, 15–30 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, rounded; axillary hairs up to 1 mm long, inconspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in sessile clusters of 2–6 at the branch tips, encircled by several involucral leaves enclosing ovate scale-like bracts with long-cuspidate tips; flowers never overtopped by subsequent growth from the axils of involucral leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals 5–7.5 mm long, keeled, narrowly winged along the length of the keel; petals 5, yellow, 1 cm long or more, obovate, shallowly to distinctly bilobed, mucronulate; stamens >20; style exceeding the stamens and protruding from the flower; stigma 4–5-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing near the middle, lower portion infundibular, lid conical with an apical constriction retaining several seeds in the thinner upper portion.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 0.85–1 mm long, black, testa cells on sides stellate with short arms, the cell body raised as a broad irregular tubercule with low papillae on its surface or sometimes peg-like especially round the periphery.
Habitat
Open bushland and disturbed weedy places; 0–1800 m
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania

Portulaca oblonga Peter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Kenya 38715.000

First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 40(2, Anh.): 32 (1932)

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.: 32, t. 43/2 (1932)
  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika: 268 (1938).
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 37: 308 (1934)
  • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 184 (1940).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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