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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Portulaca pilosa L.
Pink purslane, Kiss-me-quick

Portulaca pilosa
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Portulacaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Apparently Secure

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Rare

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for disturbed sites on Key West.  Although weedy, we consider this native and extant throughout the Florida Keys.  An herbarium voucher is needed for the Monroe County Keys.

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Portulaca pilosa has been reported from the following 6 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Dry Tortugas National Park Present Native
Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native




Portulaca pilosa has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Portulaca pilosa
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Portulaca pilosa
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Portulaca pilosa
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida