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Useful Tropical Plants

Portulaca napiformis

Benth.

Portulacaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Portulaca napiformis
Flowering plant, dug up to show the root
Photograph by: K. F. Kenneally; Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Parks and Wildlife
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General Information

Portulaca napiformis is a succulent, evergreen perennial growing 5 - 8cm tall from a tuberous rootstock[
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Title
Florabase
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Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
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0
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Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
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The roots were a source of food for the Australian Aborigines.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland.

Habitat

Rocky sandstone ridges in Western Australia[
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Title
Florabase
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Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.05 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows wild in well-drained, gravel or sandy soils[
285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
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Edible Uses

Tubers[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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