Purslane characteristics

What is a purslane?

Characteristics of purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Common noun: Purslane, Green purslane, Common purslane, Garden purslane, Little hogweed, Akulikuli-kula, Duckweed, Pursley, Wild portulaca.

Scientific noun: Portulaca oleracea L.

Family: Purslane family – Portulacaceae

Habitat: In cultivated, very rich fertilized soils and waste lands.

Characteristics of Purslane

Annual plant of the Purslane family – Portulacaceae- till 30 cm. long. Prostrate, succulent stems, bright dark green. Opposite leaves, till 3 cm. Upper ones verticilate. Flowers till 1,3 cm in diameter, with petals falling very soon, yellow. The fruit is a pixidium. In cultivated, very rich fertilized soils and waste lands.


A detail of the plant

Picking-up and storing Purslane

Except the seeds that should be dried once they are gathered, leaves must be eaten fresh. It can be found mainly in summer, but samples can be found from spring to summer.

Composition: Active components of Purslane

The main active components we can find are the following:

*Related information: Purslane contraindicationsPurslane side effects / Purslane toxicity

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1 August, 2022

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