Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L.

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Sesuvium portulacastrum

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Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

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Synonyms: Halimum portulacastrum (L.) Kuntze
Portulaca portulacastrum L.
Common names: Shore purslane (English)
Status: Native
Prostrate, succulent, hairless herb, rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, oblong or oblanceolate, fleshy, rounded at apex, decurrent into the petiole below; the petiole base connate with that of the opposite leaf. Flowers solitary. Perianth segments green outside, pink, red or purplish inside, each with a fleshy apiculus c. 1.5 mm long arising on the back just below the apex.
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Habitat: In coastal habitats; on sandy beaches and in mangrove swamps
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,GI,M
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Content last updated: Thursday 8 July 2010

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African Plant Database: Sesuvium portulacastrum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Sesuvium portulacastrum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sesuvium portulacastrum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sesuvium portulacastrum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sesuvium portulacastrum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesuvium portulacastrum
Ispot Southern Africa : Sesuvium portulacastrum
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesuvium portulacastrum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesuvium portulacastrum
Tropicos: Sesuvium portulacastrum
West African Plants database: Sesuvium portulacastrum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P., Dondeyne, S. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Sesuvium portulacastrum., retrieved 29 July 2015

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