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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Succulent herb from a taproot, probably annual; several stems arising above the base, ascending to decumbent, up to 30 cm long, with many short leafy branchlets.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, narrowly oblong, 15–30 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, rounded; axillary hairs up to 1 mm long, inconspicuous.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers in sessile clusters of 2–6 at the branch tips, encircled by several involucral leaves enclosing ovate scale-like bracts with long-cuspidate tips; flowers never overtopped by subsequent growth from the axils of involucral leaves.
    Flowers
    Sepals 5–7.5 mm long, keeled, narrowly winged along the length of the keel; petals 5, yellow, 1 cm long or more, obovate, shallowly to distinctly bilobed, mucronulate; stamens >20; style exceeding the stamens and protruding from the flower; stigma 4–5-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing near the middle, lower portion infundibular, lid conical with an apical constriction retaining several seeds in the thinner upper portion.
    Seeds
    Seeds 0.85–1 mm long, black, testa cells on sides stellate with short arms, the cell body raised as a broad irregular tubercule with low papillae on its surface or sometimes peg-like especially round the periphery.
    Habitat
    Open bushland and disturbed weedy places; 0–1800 m
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania

    Portulaca oblonga Peter appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Kenya 38715.000

    First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 40(2, Anh.): 32 (1932)

    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: 184 (1940).
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika: 268 (1938).
    • Poelln. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 37: 308 (1934)
    • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika, Descript.: 32, t. 43/2 (1932)

    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