Sesuvium portulacastrum

Sea Purslane

  • Family: Aizoaceae
  • Form: A succulent, herbaceous, sprawling ground cover
  • Leaves: Fleshy, simple, opposite, entire. Light green, glabrous,oblique base, elliptic. Petiole is reddish in color. About 1¼ in. in length
  • Stem/Bark: Glabrous, reddish in color, sometimes rooting at nodes
  • Flower: Small and solitary, various shades of pink, five petals, no sepals, axillary
  • Fruit: Small and dark
  • Comments: This native plant can be observed growing on fore dunes of coastal areas. It can be distinguished from the non native purslane (Portulaca deracea) by it's perennial habit and star-shaped flowers
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