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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"