Common Purslane

(Portulaca oleracea)

Common Purslane

Seedling Leaves Flowers Fruit
Common purslane seedling purslane leaf purslane flower purslane seedpod

Growing habits: Prostrate, fleshy, succulent, drought-resistant annual

Root anatomy: Fibrous roots from taproot

Leaf anatomy: Leaves alternate or nearly opposite, spatulate or obovate

Reproduction: Inflorescences solitary in leaf axils or several together in leaf clusters at branch terminal ends, 5 sessile yellow petals

References: Weeds of the South by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice