Can someone ID this purslane

sdrose(Sunset zone 24, USDA 10)November 14, 2012

This purslane/portulaca is growing at a resort in Cabo San Lucas. From a distance, the blossom looked like a single petal rose which I knew it wasn't.

Sorry, but the bloom is bruised a bit. I'm posting a second photo showing the underside of the flower and some of the foliage which is more slender and elongated than most portulacas I've seen.

Thanks in advance.

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brodyjames_gw

Looks like Moss Rose to me....

Nancy

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 3:08PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Portulaca pilosa, common name Kiss me Quick. Couild be a named variety, seeing the special coloring. =)

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 3:50PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I think it's a Portulaca grandiflora. P. pilosa has TINY flowers, about 100x smaller than that.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:54AM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Yes, purpleinopp is correct! =) I wasn't thinking...size of bloom. Portulaca grandiflora is a better fit!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 10:38AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You're welcome, but Nancy's comment was what pointed *me* in the right direction. I just knew it wasn't P. pilosa because after admiring that tiny plant in the cracks of parking lots and in the gravel at the side of the road for years, I was finally able to get a good picture and ID it on the NTP forum. It's a native, kind of unusual when it comes to tiny but still showy, noticeable flowers.

A few little pieces of P. pilosa I rescued from the parking lot across the street before it was repaved are struggling (or maybe just going dormant,) but hopefully they dropped seeds in their pot if the mamas don't make it. I adore tiny plants and this is probably the cutest one I've ever seen. I hope to use some in a fairy garden pot next spring.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 11:06AM
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