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Can someone ID this purslane

Posted by sdrose Sunset zone 24, USDA (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 14, 12 at 14:30

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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RE: Can someone ID this purslane

Looks like Moss Rose to me....


RE: Can someone ID this purslane

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

RE: Can someone ID this purslane

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

RE: Can someone ID this purslane

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

RE: Can someone ID this purslane

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.

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