Common Purslane - Portulaca oleracea

    Description

    Low, spreading, hairless plant with branched stems and some spoon shaped leaves. Flowers yellow, 8 to 12 mm solitary, lateral or at stem forks.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Cultivated and waste places. The plant illustrated was found on farm topsoil that had been recently tipped and spread, its origins are unknown.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Usually only found as a casual, or naturalised in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. Not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map