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Pest Information

Broadleaf Pink Purslane

Broadleaf Pink Purslane

  • Latin Name: Portulaca Amilis
  • Common Name: Broadleaf Pink Purslane
  • Other Names: Paraguayan purslane

Pest Details

Broadleaf Pink Purslane
Broadleaf Pink Purslane
Broadleaf Pink Purslane

Origin:

Native to South America, and found in the United States from North Carolina to all of Florida.

Biology:

An summer annual plant that grows in a prostrate, spreading habit, potentially forming thick mats over the soil. Plants favor open, disturbed habitats and flowering occurs from midsummer into early fall.

Identification:

Mature plants form thick mats on the soil. Stems and leaves are very thick and fleshy, with the leaves only about ½ inch long, but wide and flat, and crowded along the stems. Lighter-colored hairs can be found in the axils of the leaves. Flowers occur at the ends of the stems, and they are about ½ inch in diameter and have 5 bright pink to purple petals.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Generally not a particularly invasive weed, but hand removal is effective where the plants are not wanted.

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