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Desert Horse Purslane

Trianthema portulacastrum


This drought tolerant, herbaceous forb was found in a water-line man hole in the neighborhood. Unlike the Common Purslane, this plant produces purplish-pink 5-lobed flowers instead of yellow. The succulent leaves are smooth oval or round and grow in opposite pairs. Stems are thick and succulent, with a hue of red.


Alongside rocky desert.


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El Paso City Limits, Texas, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2014
Submitted on Sep 15, 2014

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