Calflora
Taxon  Report   6802    
Portulaca halimoides  L.
Desert portulaca,  Purslane, Silkcotton purslane
Portulaca halimoides
© 2012 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Portulaca halimoides
© 2004 James M. Andre
Portulaca halimoides
© 2004 James M. Andre
Portulaca halimoides, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
also called Portulaca mundula
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations



Bloom Period
Portulaca halimoides
© 2013 Don Davis
Family: PORTULACACEAE  
Genus: Portulaca
Communities: Joshua Tree Woodland

Wetlands:
Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Portulaca parvula
CNPS: Portulaca mundula
More information about  Portulaca halimoides
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (POHA5)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 12, 2018).

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