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Sesuvium portulacastrum

Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L.

Portulaca portulacastrum L.

Akulikuli, Sea Purslane

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyAizoaceaeFig-marigold or ice plant family (previously Mesembryanthemaceae)
GenusSesuviumNeither Jepson or Munz offer a meaning for this name, but thanks to Umberto Quattrocchi and Jaeger’s Source-book of Biological Names and Terms, we have the following: Sesuvium, land of the Sesuvii, a Gallic tribe from west of the Seine. I have no idea how this name came to be applied to this genus however
SpeciesportulacastrumMichael Charters infers that the meaning of this comes from the genus name Portulaca and the astrum, “star,” so would indicate a Portulaca-like plant that has star-shaped flowers

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Sesuvium portulacastrum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 28 Sep 2010.

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Sesuvium portulacastrum (Akulikuli, Sea Purslane)

8/15/2003 · South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands · By Heather A. Kent ID is uncertain

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