1. Family: Portulacaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Portulaca L.
      1. Portulaca massaica S.M.Phillips

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to N. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Sprawling succulent perennial with wide-spreading roots; stem woody and 3–5 mm thick at the base, decumbent, much branched, the branches ascending to 15 cm high, 1.5–2 mm thick.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, subulate or sometimes flat, fleshy, grooved along the upper surface, 8–16 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, acute-apiculate; axillary hairs conspicuous in shaggy tufts exceeding the internodes on the young shoots, the hairs broadened at the base and some joined into a pair of crescent-shaped white scales.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers in terminal clusters of 2–3, encircled by ± 8 involucral leaves enclosing a copious mass of woolly hairs, opening in late morning.
    Flowers
    Sepals reddish, 4.3–5.8 mm long, the outer with a small crest; petals 5, yellow or rarely white, obovate-oblong, 5–8 mm long, rounded, apiculate; stamens (10–)16–22(–30); stigma 4–5(–6)-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing below the middle, base 1.5–2 mm high, shallowly infundibuliform, lid a broad rounded dome 2.5–3 mm high; seeds (0.75–)0.8–0.9 mm long, light grey with a dull lustre, the testa cells flat, small, jigsaw-shaped, usually with a black central peg.
    Figures
    Fig. 3 (p. 22).
    Habitat
    In crevices of rock outcrops and stony hillsides in bushed grassland, and in the volcanic ash of cinder cones; (65–)700–2450 m
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Portulaca massaica S.M.Phillips appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1999 Faden, R.B. [74/595], Kenya K000075357 Unknown type material

    First published in Kew Bull. 55: 689 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • S.M. Phillips in Kew Bulletin 55: 689, fig. 1 (2000).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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