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Sesuvium portulacastrum (Linnaeus) Linnaeus. Large Sea-Purslane, Shoreline Sea-Purslane. Phen: May-Dec (-Jan). Hab: Island end sand flats and sea beaches; less typically inland (LA) in saline marshes or seeps (associated with salt domes). Dist: A pantropical coastal species, in North America from e. NC south to s. FL, west to e. TX; also in the West Indies and south into the tropics (introduced on ballast in se. PA). Essentially cosmopolitan on tropical and subtropical shores.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, Fl5, FNA4, GW2, K1, K3, K4, Mex, Mo2, RAB, S, S13, WH3, Boetsch (2002), Bohley, Winter, & Kadereit (2017); = n/a – C, F, Pa

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FACW

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Sesuvium portulacastrum, near Maakole, Hawaii County, Hawaii 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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