Portulaca oleracea L.
Family: Portulacaceae
common purslane,  more...
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Etymology: Portulaca: an old name, probably Latin, from words meaning "small gate or door" because of the capsule lid
Plants: matting, annual, 1"-20" tall forb, smooth, succulent; stems usually purple-red and with many branches
Leaves: succulent, 1/4"-1" long, oval to spoon-shaped, flat with rounded tip
Flowers: yellow, 4-6 (usually 5)-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, stalkless, mostly 6-10 stamens; inflorescence of a solitary flower or in small, rounded, terminal clumps; blooms June-Sept.
Habitat: disturbed sites such as gardens
Conservation Status: Introduced (?) - naturalized
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Paul Drobot  
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Merel R. Black  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Christopher Noll  
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Merel R. Black  
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Merel R. Black  
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Paul Drobot  
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Merel R. Black  
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Stephen L. Solheim  
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Kurt Stüber  
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Aaron_Carlson  
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