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Common Purslane - Portulaca oleracea

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GU
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Annual with fleshy, glabrous foliage. Stems prostrate to ascending, 5–30 cm. Leaves all cauline, alternate, short-petiolate; the blades obovate, 5–20 mm long, rounded at the tip. Flowers solitary in leaf axils or in small, terminal clusters; sepals 2, fused to the ovary at the base, 3–4 mm long; petals 5, yellow, ephemeral, as long as sepals; stamens 6 to 12; ovary partly inferior; style branches 4 to 6 (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Unknown/Undetermined
 


Range Comments
Introduced to most of temperate N. America; native of southern Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 5

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Habitat
Rich disturbed soil of gardens, barn yards, cultivated fields; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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