Portulaca (/ˌpɔːrtjˈlkə/,[3] is the type genus of the flowering plant family Portulacaceae, with over 100 species, found in the tropics and warm temperate regions. They are known as the purslanes.

Harvey J Jackson Portulaca 2019.jpg
A large array of Portulaca umbraticola and Portulaca oleracea (middle right)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Portulaca

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  • Halimus P.Browne
  • Lemia Vand.
  • Merida Neck.
  • Meridiana L.f.
  • Sedopsis (Engl.) Exell & Mendonça
Portulaca 'All Aglow'
Portulaca seeds ad by D. M. Ferry & Company of Detroit

Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is widely consumed as an edible plant, and in some areas it is invasive. Portulaca grandiflora is a well-known ornamental garden plant. Purslanes are relished by chickens. Some Portulaca species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the nutmeg moth (Hadula trifolii).


The following species are accepted:[2]

Formerly placed hereEdit

Pink Portulaca Flower from volunteer plant growing in a pot indoors



  1. ^ "Genus: Portulaca L." Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 1998-04-28. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  2. ^ a b "Portulaca L." Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Portulaca". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)

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