Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

also known as: Garden Purslane, Little Hogweed, Pusley, Munyeroo, etc.


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Division - Magnoliaphyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Subclass - Caryophyllidae
Order - Caryophyllales
Family - Portulacaceae
Genus - Portulaca


This is part of the portulaca genus (sometimes spelled portulacca), closely related to the beautiful spiky leaved portulaca I keep in my front flowerbox. It is a common weed here, growing low to the ground and creeping through other plants. It is hard to pull out, preferring to break off rather than pull out.

Purslane is edible, and is one of the healthiest plants one can eat.

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Something that I have never read of, but experienced firsthand, is that purslane folds up in the night, standing erect as if to keep its leaves away from the dirt and protected from pests and molds. This is a picture of the same patch as the first picture, taken around four in the morning.

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