Australian Native Plants

  Sesuvium portulacastrum (Sea Purslane)


Sesuvium portulacastrum photo
Sesuvium portulacastrum flower

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Sesuvium portulacastrum photo
Sesuvium portulacastrum leaves

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Sesuvium portulacastrum photo
Sesuvium portulacastrum habit

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Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Common saltmarsh plants of Queensland, https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/common-saltmarsh-plants-of-queensland Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



SEA PURSLANE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Sesuvium portulacastrum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Sea Purslane

Description
This spreading creeper is a succulent herb with roots at the joints (nodes).
Its leaves are opposite, glossy, flat, strap-like and around 2.5-5 cm long.
The plant's stems can range in colour from green through to red and orange.
The flowers are pink and approximately 1 cm long, with 5 petals and solitary in the axils.
It flowers throughout the year.
The fruits are ovoid, smooth and around 8 mm long, with black pea-shaped seeds approximately 1 mm in diameter.
Sea purslane is often seen growing as mats or carpets in sunny, exposed areas.

Habitat
coastal limestone and sandstone, tidal flats and salt marshes

Distribution
Sea Purslane is founds around the Australian coast from central New South Wales round Queensland and Northern Territory to near Shark Bay in Western Australia. It also grows in coastal areas throughout much of the world.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Aizoaceae
Genus:Sesuvium
Species:portulacastrum
Common Name:Sea Purslane