Portulaca oleracea L.
Family: Portulacaceae
common purslane, little hogweed, purslane, pusley
Portulaca oleracea image
Merel R. Black  
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