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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Succulent annual from a taproot, forming a low hairy tussock; stems much branched above the base, ascending to 6 cm, not rooting at the nodes, internodes articulated, the lower short and stout, exceeded by nodal scales, the upper to 12 mm long, ± 0.5 mm thick.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, very fleshy, narrowly lanceolate, 3–7.5 mm long, 0.8–2 mm wide, subacute; nodal scales numerous in a conspicuous whorl, narrow, white or brownish, up to 1 cm long, ± 0.5 mm wide at the base, tapering into hair-like tips, true hairs few or absent.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers 1(–2), surrounded by 4 involucral leaves.
    Flowers
    Sepals ovate, 3–3.5 mm long; petals 4, yellow, ± 4 mm long; stamens 6–14; stigma 4-branched.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing 1/3 up from the base, lid a broadly rounded dome 2–2.5 mm high, pale, glossy; seeds reniform, 0.6–0.7 mm long, grey, testa cells ± domed, with or without a central tubercle, the marginal walls strongly sinuate, indistinct.
    Habitat
    Among rocks, and in dry open places in deciduous bushland; 350–1850 m
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Collenette, J.S. [9147], Saudi Arabia 57096.000

    First published in Nordic J. Bot. 14: 308 (1994)

    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 & S.M. Phillips in Kew Bulletin 55: 784, map 3 (2000).
    • M.G. Gilbert in Nordic Journ. Bot. 14: 308 (1994)
    • M.G. Gilbert in Fl. Somalia 1: 125 (1993).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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