Portulaca suffretescens

Shrubby Purslane - Portulaca suffretescens
South of Hillsboro
New Mexico, USA

Portulaca suffrutescens, Shrubby Purslane, was first described by George Engelmann in 1881 (see below for his original description from page 236 of “The Botanical Gazette; A Paper of Botanical Notes” Volumes V and VI, 1880-1881).  

The range of this species, within the United States, is shown in the BONAP map to the right.  The light green color indicates that the species is native to, and not rare within, the county indicated.  Within Mexico, this species is found in Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Guerrero, Sinaloa, and Querétaro.  

Another common English name for this species is Copper Purslane.  

The specimen sheet shown below is a syntype collected by Englemann on September 27, 1880.


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