Portulaca pilosa (Portulaceae)

Portulaca pilosa

A seasoned traveller of the Purslane family, this species hails from the Americas and is now widely found in urban areas by roadsides and in garden lawns. A most attractive little herb when flowering in masses, usually in the morning. The leaves are distinctively succulent and are edible. Ornamental varieties of this plant exist with condensed ‘rose’-like flowers.

Portulaca pilosa
Note the white hairs on the stem

Portulaca pilosa


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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