Portulaca crocodilorum Poelin.
Portulaca fischeri prominens Poelin.
Portulaca holosericea Peter
Portulaca rubriflora Poelin.
Portulaca kermesina is an erect annual or short-lived perennial, succulent plant usually growing 8 - 15cm tall, occasionally to 25cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Eastern and Southern Africa - Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, eastern DR Congo, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Mozambique, S. Africa.
Dry sandy or gravelly soils among rocks; open woodland or margins of pans and seasonal swamps; Acacia-Commiphora bushland; in crevices of granite outcrops; at elevations from sea level to 2,200 metres[
The plant is probably antibacterial or disinfectant[
]. The whole plant is dried and then pulverised. The resulting powder is then mixed with an oil or fat and rubbed on to affected areas of the skin in the treatment of irritations such as scabies or itching[
]. The crushed and infused leaves are used to make a wash for the same purposes[
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