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Genus Talinum Family Portulacaceae

Description: Herbs or shrubs, often with tuberous roots.

Leaves alternate or nearly opposite, flat [or terete].

Inflorescences terminal cymose panicles [or flowers solitary]. Sepals not persistent. Petals 5, free. Stamens 5–numerous. Ovary superior, ovules numerous.

Capsule 3-valved, epicarp shed, endocarp valves become detached from receptacle, but hang by intervalvular bristles; seeds numerous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 50 species, North & South America, Africa & Asia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by J. G. West
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Talinum paniculatum

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