Taxon  Report   6803    
Portulaca oleracea  L.
Common purslane,  Little hogweed, Purslane
Portulaca oleracea
© 2008 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
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
© 2006 Jeff Abbas
Genus: Portulaca
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Portulaca neglecta
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea var. parvifolia
PLANTS: Portulaca oleracea var. oleracea
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More information about  Portulaca oleracea
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).