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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Portulaca oleracea L.
Purslane, Little hogweed

Portulaca oleracea
Copyright by: Jennifer Possley, 2016
Big Munson Island, Monroe County, Florida, USA, Enlarge

Family: Portulacaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: A widespread weed native to Eurasia and doubtfully native to most of the New World.

Map of South Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Doubtfully Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Doubtfully Native

Map of Florida Keys Locations

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1907 by C.F. Millspaugh for the lower sandy Keys.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for pinelands, hammocks and disturbed sites throughout the Florida Keys.

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Portulaca oleracea has been reported from the following 23 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Doubtfully Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Doubtfully Native
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Doubtfully Native
Curry Hammock State Park Present Doubtfully Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Doubtfully Native
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Dry Tortugas National Park Present Doubtfully Native
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge Present Doubtfully Native
Indian Key Historic State Park Present Doubtfully Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Doubtfully Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Doubtfully Native
Lake San Pedro Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Doubtfully Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Klopp Tract Present Doubtfully Native
Little Hamaca Park Present Doubtfully Native
Long Key State Park Present Doubtfully Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Doubtfully Native
Ramrod Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Spoonbill Sound Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Doubtfully Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Present Doubtfully Native




Portulaca oleracea has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Beach Dune
Coastal Rock Barren
Disturbed Upland
Tidal Marsh


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Portulaca oleracea
Copyright by: Jennifer Possley, 2016
Big Munson Island, Monroe County, Florida, USA, Enlarge

Portulaca oleracea
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Portulaca oleracea
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer