Portulaca hereroensis Schinz

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Portulaca hereroensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Portulaca hereroensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

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Synonyms: Sedopsis hereroensis (Schinz) Poelln.
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Status: Native
Small prostrate annual herb. Stems and branches spreading, reddish, up to c. 7 cm long. Leaves opposite, fleshy 2-4 mm long, broadly elliptic to ovate with numerous stipular hairs, c. 2 mm long. Flowers solitary or in clusters of 2-3 at the ends of branches; petals 4, purpish or white, united about halfway; stamens 4. Fruit a capsule, ovoid-globose, c. 2 mm long, dehiscing horizontally.
Derivation of specific name: hereroensis: from Hereroland in Namibia, inhabited by the Herero people
Habitat: In shallow soils on rocky outcrops or as a pioneer on bare alluvial soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Northern Province and Mpumalanga, South Africa
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 95.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 190. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 68.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 85.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 94.

Wild, H. (1961). Portulacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 366 - 367. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: Portulaca hereroensis
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Portulaca hereroensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Portulaca hereroensis
African Plant Database: Portulaca hereroensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Portulaca hereroensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Portulaca hereroensis
Plants of the World Online: Portulaca hereroensis
Tropicos: Portulaca hereroensis
Wikipedia: Portulaca hereroensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Portulaca hereroensis.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123190, retrieved 25 June 2024

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