Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Portulaca kermesina N.E.Br.

Portulaca kermesina


Family: Portulacaceae
Full name: Portulaca kermesina N.E.Br.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Vygiebossie, Haaskos
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Portulaca holosericea Peter
Portulaca rubriflora Poelln.
Status: Native
Description: Erect to ascending, slender succulent annual or short-lived perennial, branching above the base; stems up to 15(-28) cm high, rather stiffly ascending. Leaves alternate, spaced, linear-terete, 9-25 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, sharply acute; axillary hairs in long shaggy tufts, sometimes indistinct, each axil also with 2 longer, brownish, hair-like scales with falcately-curving bases (these sometimes indistinct). Flowers in terminal clusters of 3-6 or more, encircled by approx. 8 involucral leaves enclosing dense woolly hairs, opening in the morning; involucral leaves longer than the cauline leaves, very variable in length, up to 30 mm long, slightly to much exceeding the flower cluster, spreading, finally slightly downturned. Sepals 3-4.5 mm long, rounded on the back, keeled towards the acute apex with a slight crest; petals 5, usually bright red, occasionally orange-red, rose-pink or rarely yellow, 2.5-8 mm long, obovate-oblong, obtuse to acute; stamens (5-)8-13(-19); stigma (3-)4-5-branched. Capsule 5 mm long, 2.5 mm in in diameter, dehiscing below the middle, lid a conical or rounded dome about as wide as high; seeds 0.5-0.75 mm long, metallic grey or occasionally silvery, the testa cells jigsaw-shaped to stellate, convex to conical.

Erect or suberect, succulent annual or perennial, somewhat woody at the base. Leaves, 2-3 cm, subalternate, linear, subcylindric, subtended by whitish stipular hairs. Flowers terminal, solitary or in small heads, bright carmine. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 03 Mar 2009
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/800 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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