African Plant Database

Portulaca quadrifida L.
Protologue : Mant. Pl. 73 (1767)
Information on the genus : Portulaca
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Portulaca walteriana Poelln. (1940)
=Portulaca meridiana L. f.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Prostrate annual or stoloniferous perennial herb with somewhat base but sometimes with simple main stems, 5-40 cm tall.
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Ecology : Sandy river banks, open stony dry or subdesert grassland and shrubland, Acacia savanna; stemped places, roadsides, edges of cultivated fields; persistent weed; 0-2200 m alt.
  S. Africa, Namibia, Botswana. Cosmopolitan weed of the tropics and subtropics; absent from Australia.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : annual-Herb, Succulent- Ht 0.05 - 0.08 m. Alt: 50 - 1750 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1961). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 1[2]: 365
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:322 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • J. S. African Bot. : 202 (1976).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 147 (1997).
  • Wild Flrs north. South Africa : 134 (1997).
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Record n°17231 modified 2007-03-30
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