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Portulacaceae - Purslane Family

This family has about 500 species in 20 genera. This family includes herbs and small shrubs that do remakably well in semi-arid climates.

Systematics: Look for plants that look similar to the Caryophylaceae but only have two sepals.

Specimens List

 


Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Considered a weed in the US but is eaten as a vegetable green overseas.


Spring Beauty (Claytonia spp )

A genus of 26 plants, most of which are found in North America.


Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva)

State flower of Montana


Miner's Lettuce (Montia spp)

There are about a dozen members of this genus.

 

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