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Willow Lake - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Portulaca umbraticola - wingpod purslane

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Portulacaceae

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Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Low growing plant with prostrate to suberect stems that are 2 to 8 inches long. The numerous leaves are bright green and fleshy. The 5 petals of each flower are yellow tipped with red. It is a common weedy species of the southwestern United States.
Identification notes: Top-like fruits encircled by expanded, membranaceous wing.
Height: To 10 inches


Habitat Description: Dry sandy or rocky soils, upland desert grasslands, oak woodlands, wash bottoms, disturbed sites, riaparian.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3000 - 6000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow tipped with reddish-orange     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jul - Sep
Description: The small flowers have 5 yellow petals tipped with red. Flowers can also be solid yellow. They are borne singly in leaf axils. The plant typically blooms after the monsoon rains have begun.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Whorl     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Stems are prostrate to suberect with sparse hairs at nodes. The fleshy leaves are 1/2 to 2 inches long and they are wider at the tip than at the base.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Grey   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsules about 1/8 inch diameter with encircling, expanded, membranaceous wing.
Seed Notes: The tiny seeds are grey, round or elongated and flattened.

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