1. Family: Portulacaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Portulaca L.
      1. Portulaca grandis Peter

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Uganda and NE. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Bushy succulent herb up to 30 cm high; base woody and 3–7 mm thick, much branched above, branches spreading, 2–3.5 mm thick with smooth grey bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, linear to subulate, fleshy, grooved along the upper surface, 10–25(–30) mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, acute-apiculate; axillary hairs in shaggy tufts mixed with falcate-based scales on the young growth, inconspicuous or absent on the older branches.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers in terminal clusters of 2–3, encircled by 6–8 involucral leaves enclosing dense woolly hairs, opening in late morning.
    Flowers
    Sepals reddish, 5.5–7 mm long, the outer with a small apical crest; petals 5(–6), yellow, obovate-oblong, 7–12 mm long, rounded, apiculate; stamens 27–50; stigma 4–8-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing below the middle, base 1.5–3 mm high, infundibuliform, lid a broad rounded dome 2.3–4 mm high; seeds 0.85–0.95 mm long, metallic grey, the testa cells flat, small, jigsaw-shaped, usually with a black central peg.
    Habitat
    Deciduous bushland on sandy soil, especially by rocky outcrops; 400–2050 m
    Distribution
    K2 K3 K7 T3 U1 not known elsewhere

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Portulaca grandis Peter appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 40(2, Anh.): 34 (1938)

    Accepted by

    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Phillips, S.M. (2002). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Portulacaceae: 1-40.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 48: 179 (1940).
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika, Descript.: 34, t. 41/2 (1938)
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika: 270 (1938).

    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