African Plant Database

Portulaca kermesina N.E. Br.
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 91 (1909)
Information on the genus : Portulaca
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Portulaca kermesina N.E. Br. var. kermesina (1909)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Portulaca rubriflora Poelln. (1941)
=Portulaca holosericea Peter (1932)
=Portulaca crocodilorum Poelln. (1941)
=Portulaca fischeri var. prominens Poelln.
Taxon infra-specific
Portulaca kermesina N.E. Br. var. kermesina (1909)
Portulaca kermesina var. lutea (Poelln.) S.M. Phillips (2000)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect annual or shortlived perennial, 8-15(-25) cm tall, and prostrate (occasionally suberect), ± 3-13 cm long.
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Ecology : Dry sandy or gravelly soils among rocks; open woodland or margins of pans and seasonal swamps; Acacia-Commiphora bushland; in crevices of granite outcrops; 0-2200 m alt. Botswana, Namibia, S. Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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