Talinum fruticosum

(Linnaeus) Jussieu

Gen. Pl., 312. 1789.

Basionym: Portulaca fruticosa Linnaeus Syst. Nat. ed. 10, 2: 1045. 1759
Synonyms: Portulaca triangularis Jacquin Talinum triangulare (Jacquin) Willdenow
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 503.

Plants to 15 dm. Stems usually stout. Leaves to 9 cm; blade obovate to oblanceolate, base attenuate. Inflorescences racemose or cymose. Flowers: sepals persistent, lanceolate to ovate, 5–6 mm; petals purplish, pink, or white, sometimes yellow, elliptic to ovate, 7–13 mm; stamens 20–35; stigma 1, 3-lobed; pedicel triquetrous, distally thickened, to 12 mm. Capsules subglobose, 4–6 mm; exocarp and endocarp usually not separating after dehiscence, valves wholly deciduous. 2n = 24, 48.

Phenology: Flowering and fruiting year-round.
Habitat: Pinelands, hammocks, and disturbed areas, sandy soils
Elevation: 0-100 m


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, Africa.


Talinum fruticosum is a primarily tropical species that may not be native in the flora area. In western Africa, the leaves are eaten as a potherb.

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Lower Taxa

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Robert W. Kiger +
(Linnaeus) Jussieu +
Portulaca fruticosa +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +  and Africa. +
0-100 m +
Pinelands, hammocks, and disturbed areas, sandy soils +
Flowering and fruiting year-round. +
Portulaca triangularis +  and Talinum triangulare +
Talinum fruticosum +
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