Taxon  Report   6803 
Portulaca oleracea  L.
Common purslane,  Little hogweed, Purslane
Portulaca oleracea
© 2006 Jeff Abbas
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Portulaca oleracea
© 2004 James M. Andre
Portulaca oleracea
© 2012 Jean Pawek
Portulaca oleracea, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Portulaca oleracea
© 2008 Keir Morse
Genus: Portulaca
weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian
Habitat: disturbed
Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Portulaca neglecta
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea var. parvifolia
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea var. oleracea
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea ssp. stellata
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea ssp. papillatostellulata
PLANTS: Portulaca retusa
ICPN + PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea ssp. nitida
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea ssp. nicaraguensis
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea ssp. impolita
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea ssp. granulatostellulata
ICPN: Portulaca oleracea ssp. papillato-stellulata
More information about  Portulaca oleracea
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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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:   (Accessed: Aug 21, 2018).

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