1. Family: Portulacaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Portulaca L.
      1. Portulaca centrali-africana R.E.Fr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. DR Congo to NW. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with fleshy branching stolons; stems procumbent to ascending, to 25 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm thick.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, crowded, fleshy, linear-elliptic, 5.5–11 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, obtuse; axillary hairs in dense woolly tufts ± 2 mm long, some with slightly expanded scaly bases.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers large and showy, in terminal clusters of 1–3 encircled by involucral leaves enclosing dense woolly hairs, open in the morning; involucral leaves resembling the foliar leaves.
    Flowers
    Sepals ovate, 6–7.5 mm long, lightly keeled except near the base, outer acute, inner with a small apical crest; petals 5, magenta, free, 7–12 mm long, obovate, rounded to retuse with a small central apiculum; stamens 25–30; stigma 3–5-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing near the middle, base deeply infundibuliform, lid 2.3–3 mm high, a rounded dome slightly wider than high; seeds 0.6–0.7 mm long, metallic grey or silvery-grey, the testa cells stellate-conical with black tips.
    Habitat
    Grassland on sandy soil; 700–1150 m
    Distribution
    T1 U1

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Portulaca centrali-africana R.E.Fr. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Wiss. Erg. Schwed. Rhodesia-Kongo-Exp. 1911-1912, 1: 35 (1914)

    Accepted by

    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
    • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
    • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 177 (1940).
    • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 37: 305 (1934)
    • R.E. Fr., Wiss. Ergebn. Schwed. Rhod.–Kongo Exped. 1: 35, fig. 5/a–c (1914).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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