Cuban Purslane

(Portulaca biloba)



Annual herb with sprawling and semi-erect stems. Stems fleshy, slightly woody at the base, with branches up to 10 inches long; nodes with only a few, tiny hairs. Leaves about - inch long and less than - inch wide, fleshy, round in cross-section, with pointed (occasionally blunt) tips. Flower clusters at the tips of branches with 1 - 3 buds or, occasionally, open flowers; flower buds rarely open but they self-fertilize and produce fruits with abundant seed. Flowers (when open) about 1 inch wide, dark pink, with 5 deeply notched petals and more than 40 stamens. Fruit a round capsule less than - inch long with a pointed cap that opens to reveal a -nest- of black seeds.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
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