|Dicotyledon|| Literature for Sesuvium portulacastrum
Wagner et al., 1990.
|Aizoaceae -- The Fig-marigold Family||Bibliography|
Common name(s): `Akulikuli, sea purslane
|Distribution||Pantropical.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Midway, Pearl and Hermes, Lisianski, Laysan, Necker, Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.|
||Stems red to green, decumbent to ascending, rarely erect, often rooting at the nodes, fleshy, many branched, glabrous.
||Leaves green, often becoming yellow or red with age, terete or flattened, linear, elliptic to narrowly obovate, 1-4(-6) cm long, 0.2-1.5 cm wide, margins entire, apex rounded to acute, gradually tapering to a dilated clasping base, the bases of the paired leaves often overlapping.
||Flowers solitary in the leaf axils; calyx lobes green externally, pinkish purple to white within, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, 4-10 mm long, 3-6 mm wide, with a green, subapical, dorsal appendage 1-1.5 mm long, the tube 1.5-3 mm long; stamens numerous, pinkish purple; ovary 3 celled; styles 3.
||Capsules ovoid to subglobose, 4-7 mm long; pedicels 2-12 mm long.
||Seeds 10-30 per capsule, lenticular reniform, 1-1.5 mm in diameter, the surface smooth and lustrous.
||2n = 16, 36, 48, ca. 48.