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This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Mpumalanga.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Portulacaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Ephemeral annual herb with a small tuberous root; branches reddish, decumbent, up to 7 cm. long and 1 mm. in diam.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, succulent and bladder-like when fresh, up to 4 × 3 mm. and 1·75 mm. thick, suborbicular, apex rounded, base cuneate, upper surface red or a mottled olive-green, often whitish or “frosted”-translucent below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers terminal, solitary and sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 2 mm. long, ovate, rounded or subacute at the apex, colourless and translucent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals bright pink, c. 2·3 × 1·5 mm., obovate, obtuse at the apex, united below for 0·2–0·3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4, as long as or slightly longer than the petals and alternating with them; filaments twisted at the apex, mauve-tinged; anthers golden.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary subglobose; style c. 1·3 mm. long with 3 stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 1·4 × 1·6 mm., depressed-ovoid, dehiscing horizontally near the middle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 7–16, blackish, c. 0·5 mm. in diam., suborbicular-reniform, minutely rugulose-granulate (not concentrically).

Native to:

Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Portulaca rhodesiana R.A.Dyer & E.A.Bruce appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Polhill, R. [1287], Tanzania 38711.000
Eyles [8821], Zimbabwe 40097.000
Eyles, F. [8821], Zimbabwe K000075353 isotype
Eyles, F. [8821], Zimbabwe K000075354

First published in Fl. Pl. Africa 27: t. 1069 (1949)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora Zambesiaca
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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