1. Family: Portulacaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Portulaca L.
      1. Portulaca decorticans M.G.Gilbert

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial shrublet to 20 cm high, eventually broader than high; stems much-branched, old stems and main roots with exfoliating papery brown bark, basal stem up to 1 cm or more thick, young shoots minutely but densely papillose.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, linear, 16–24 mm long, 2 mm wide, succulent with midrib impressed above, papillose, obtuse to subacute; axillary hairs ± 2 mm long, forming a dense white woolly tuft, tufts conspicuous on the older stems after leaf-fall.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers in clusters of up to 5, encircled by 5–8 involucral leaves enclosing white woolly hairs; open only at midday.
    Flowers
    Sepals ovate, 5–6.5 mm long, thin, acute; petals 5, salmon-pink, orange and pink or deep pink, obovate, 8–12 mm long, rounded; stamens 15–30; style bent sideways, stigma 4–5-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule 3.5 mm high, dehiscing in the lower third, base shallow, lid a conical dome; seeds 0.6 mm long, dark brown, testa cells with deeply sinuate margins, domed to conical, sometimes with a central tubercle.
    Figures
    Fig. 2 (p. 20).
    Habitat
    Rock crevices, and rocky and gravelly slopes in Acacia-Commiphora bushland; 700–1500 m
    Distribution
    K1

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia

    Portulaca decorticans M.G.Gilbert appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1991 Newboald. [3258], Kenya K000313632 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 47: 693 (1992)

    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.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • M.G. Gilbert in Fl. Somalia 1: 125 (1993).
    • M.G. Gilbert in Kew Bulletin 47: 693, fig. 1 (1992)

    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/
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    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/
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