1. Family: Portulacaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Portulaca L.
      1. Portulaca rhodesiana R.A.Dyer & E.A.Bruce

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Mpumalanga.

    [FZ]

    Portulacaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Ephemeral annual herb with a small tuberous root; branches reddish, decumbent, up to 7 cm. long and 1 mm. in diam.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, succulent and bladder-like when fresh, up to 4 × 3 mm. and 1·75 mm. thick, suborbicular, apex rounded, base cuneate, upper surface red or a mottled olive-green, often whitish or “frosted”-translucent below.
    Flowers
    Flowers terminal, solitary and sessile.
    Calyx
    Sepals 2 mm. long, ovate, rounded or subacute at the apex, colourless and translucent.
    Corolla
    Petals bright pink, c. 2·3 × 1·5 mm., obovate, obtuse at the apex, united below for 0·2–0·3 mm.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4, as long as or slightly longer than the petals and alternating with them; filaments twisted at the apex, mauve-tinged; anthers golden.
    Pistil
    Ovary subglobose; style c. 1·3 mm. long with 3 stigmas.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 1·4 × 1·6 mm., depressed-ovoid, dehiscing horizontally near the middle.
    Seeds
    Seeds 7–16, blackish, c. 0·5 mm. in diam., suborbicular-reniform, minutely rugulose-granulate (not concentrically).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Portulaca rhodesiana R.A.Dyer & E.A.Bruce appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Polhill, R. [1287], Tanzania 38711.000
    Eyles, F. [8821], Zimbabwe K000075353 isotype
    Eyles, F. [8821], Zimbabwe K000075354
    Eyles [8821], Zimbabwe 40097.000

    First published in Fl. Pl. Africa 27: t. 1069 (1949)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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