|Scientific Name||Portulaca quadrifida|
Flowering class: Dicot
Habit: Prostrate Herb
Habit: A small prostrate herb, upto 20cm.
Annual or perennial prostrate herbs; stem much branched, reddish, creeping, profusely, rooting at nodes; nodes with a whorl of dense silvery white hairs. Leaves opposite, 0.5-1.5 x 0.2-0.6 cm, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, apex acute, fleshy, green above, reddish below, sessile. Flowers solitary, terminal, subtended by four leaves and encircled by hairs. Sepals 3-4 mm long. Petals 4, yellow, 5-6 x 3-4 mm, obovate. Stamens 8 or 12; filaments c. 3 mm long. Capsules 3-4 mm long, obovate-conical. Seeds many, c. 0.5 mm across, black, minutely tubercled.
Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year
Solitary, terminal; yellow. Flowering throughout the year.
An oblong capsule; seeds ca. 10, tubercled. Fruiting throughout the year.
Branchlets creeping. Leaves succulent, nodes with white hairs.
Notes: Wastelands and roadsides
Wastelands and roadsides
Karnataka: Dharwar, Mysore, N. Kanara
Kerala: Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram
State - Kerala, District/s: Alappuzha, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram
Found in fallows, arable lands and scrub jungles from plains to 600m. Common. Pantropic.
Some time cultivated as an ornamental plant.