Scientific Name:
Portulacaceae Juss., Gen. Pl. 312 (1789) – as Portulaceae
  • = Hectorellaceae
Type Taxon:

Annual to perennial herbs.  Lvs exstipulate, often with axillary hairs, usually fleshy or succulent, simple, entire;  basal lvs rosulate;  stem lvs opposite or alternate.  Infl. a terminal raceme, cyme, or panicle, or fls solitary.  Fls hypogynous or perigynous, ☿; calyx zygomorphic; corolla actinomorphic.  Sepals 2, free or connate.  Petals (4)–5–(6), free or united at base.  Stamens 3-many.  Ovary of (2)–3–(8) fused carpels, 1-locular;  placentation basal.  Stigmas (2)–3–(4);  style 1.  Fr. a capsule dehiscing by usually 3 valves, or circumscissile.  Seeds usually black, smooth, sometimes tuberculate;  embryo curved.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Portulacaceae Juss.
Indigenous (Endemic)8
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Exotic: Fully Naturalised4
Exotic: Casual4
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