Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon
   Portulacaceae -- The Purslane Family Bibliography
      Portulaca oleracea

Common name(s): purslane, `akulikuli kula, `akulikuli lau li`i, `ihi, pigweed
General Information
DistributionNearly cosmopolitan, although presumably native to the Old World.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Midway, Pearl and Hermes, Laysan, French Frigate Shoals, Nihoa, Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.
















Habit
Prostrate, usually annual herbs; stems 1-2 dm long, profusely branched, succulent.
Leaves
Leaves alternate or subopposite, cuneate to obovate, 10-25(-40) mm long, 5-15(-20) mm wide, sessile, with an inconspicuous tuft of hairs ca. 1 mm long in the axil.
Flowers
Flowers 2-6(-30) in cymose clusters; sepals 3-4(-8) mm long, keeled; petals (4)5, yellow, broadly obovate, 3-10 mm long; stamens 7-10(-15); style (4)5 branched.
Fruit
Capsules ca. 4 mm long, circumscissile 1/3-1/2 from base.
Seeds
Seeds black, glossy, ca. 0.5-0.6 mm in diameter, the surface granulate, cells of the testa with fine tubercles.
Chromosomes
2n = 14, 18, 36, 45, 52, 54.