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Common Purslane - Portulaca oleracea
Other Names:  Little Hogweed, Verdolaga, Red Root, Pursley

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GU
State Rank: SNA
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 et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 41

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Anderson, N.L. 1951. Field studies on the biology of range grasshoppers of southeastern Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 96 p.
    • Eggers, M.J.S. 2005. Riparian vegetation of the Montana Yellowstone and cattle grazing impacts thereon. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. 125 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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