Common name: Pigweed, Munyeroo, Purslane
Portulaca oleracea L. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to decumbent annual or sometimes perennial, with stems to 25 cm long.
Axillary hairs inconspicuous, to 1 mm long.
Leaves obovate to oblanceolate, to 25 mm long. Flowers in 2–30-flowered heads. Petals 4–7 mm long, scarcely exceeding the sepals, yellow. Stamens < 20.
Capsule (without calyx and corolla) 3–6 mm long, operculum obtuse-conical, slightly longer than the base; seeds black, testa cells stellate at base and tuberculate, the tubercles usually rounded, sometimes pointed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows as a weed in disturbed areas and is common on cultivated land.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, ?SC, NT, CT, NWS, ?CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by J. G. West
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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