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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Procumbent, fleshy, yellowish-green annual; internodes dimorphic, main stems elongate, sprawling, to 35 cm long, not rooting or disarticulating at the nodes, some axillary internodes swollen into globose disseminules 3–5 mm in diameter, these readily disarticulating, a dense tuft of short hairs present at the node at either end.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, linear, 12–25 mm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide, subacute; nodes glabrescent, a circlet of short hairs up to 0.5 mm long present on the young shoots.
    Inflorescences
    Flowers 1(–2), seated on an infundibuliform peduncle on branches gathered towards the ends of the trailing stems; involucral leaves 4, very conspicuous, not resembling the stem leaves, ovate, cordate, 8–15 mm long, 5–8.5 mm wide, cuspidate, with an axillary whorl of hairs 1–2 mm long.
    Flowers
    Sepals ovate, 4.5–5.5 mm long; petals 4, yellow, 5–7 mm long; stamens 15–29; stigma 4-lobed.
    Fruits
    Capsule dehiscing near the base, lid a broadly rounded dome 2.5 mm high, pale, glossy; seeds suborbicular, 1 mm long, reddish-black, glossy, almost smooth.
    Habitat
    Acacia-Commiphora open bushland overlying limestone, reported to occur (perhaps exclusively) on dikdik middens; 200–500 m
    Distribution
    K1 K4/K7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Apr 30, 2004 Dale, J.R. [K693], Kenya K000075358 holotype

    First published in Nordic J. Bot. 14: 309 (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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • 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
    • M.G. Gilbert & S.M. Phillips in Kew Bulletin 55: 793, map 1 (2000).
    • M.G. Gilbert in Nord. J. Bot. 14: 309 (1994).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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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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