PORTULACACEAE - Purslane Family

Mostly herbs with fleshy leaves that are opposite or alternate, simple

Flowers solitary or in a variety of inflorescences



Fruit usually a capsule dehiscing by valves or circumscissile

Embryo curved around the perisperm

Sepals may actually be bracts and therefore the petals would be sepals

20 genera, 500 species

Economic importance: several ornamentals

Diagnostic characteristics: herbs with fleshy leaves, CA2CO4-6

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