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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Procumbent, fleshy, yellowish-green annual; internodes dimorphic, main stems elongate, sprawling, to 35 cm long, not rooting or disarticulating at the nodes, some axillary internodes swollen into globose disseminules 3–5 mm in diameter, these readily disarticulating, a dense tuft of short hairs present at the node at either end.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, linear, 12–25 mm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide, subacute; nodes glabrescent, a circlet of short hairs up to 0.5 mm long present on the young shoots.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers 1(–2), seated on an infundibuliform peduncle on branches gathered towards the ends of the trailing stems; involucral leaves 4, very conspicuous, not resembling the stem leaves, ovate, cordate, 8–15 mm long, 5–8.5 mm wide, cuspidate, with an axillary whorl of hairs 1–2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sepals ovate, 4.5–5.5 mm long; petals 4, yellow, 5–7 mm long; stamens 15–29; stigma 4-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dehiscing near the base, lid a broadly rounded dome 2.5 mm high, pale, glossy; seeds suborbicular, 1 mm long, reddish-black, glossy, almost smooth.
Habitat
Acacia-Commiphora open bushland overlying limestone, reported to occur (perhaps exclusively) on dikdik middens; 200–500 m
Distribution
K1 K4/K7

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Portulaca bulbifera M.G.Gilbert appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 30, 2004 Dale, J.R. [K693], Kenya K000075358 holotype

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 14: 309 (1994)

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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • M.G. Gilbert & S.M. Phillips in Kew Bulletin 55: 793, map 1 (2000).
  • M.G. Gilbert in Nord. J. Bot. 14: 309 (1994).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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