name this plant = Purslane

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by bonnie lass, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. bonnie lass

    bonnie lass Semper Fi

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    "This annual was esteemed as food in its native India, and in Persia. Archaelogists find ??? seeds and pollen in excavations dating back thousands of years. For two thousand years it was a well-known cultivated garden vegetable in Europe. Suddenly, in the twentieth century, it was forgotten, and just as quickly it's making a comeback. Farmers remove it from their tomato or corn patches, and set it behind inflated price tags at farmers' markets, confident that unusual, expensive fare is irresistible to yuppies.
    ??? is a smooth, reclining annual European herbaceous plant that can cover your yard with a doileylike mat. It produces many prostrate and erect thick, smooth, succulent, creeping, reddish-green stems, with branches 4 to 10 inches long. The fleshy, toothless, opposite or alternate, stalkless, paddle-shaped leaves grow from 1/2 to 2 inches long, at the end of the branches.
    ???'s tiny, pale yellow flowers, with five petals and two sepals, bloom from mid-summer to fall. They're hard to spot, only a 1/5 inch wide, hiding between the branches, and usually opening only in the morning sun. The fruit capsules are a 1/4 inch or less long. Beginning in late summer, their tops fall off, and tiny, dark red to black mustard-sized seeds fall out.
    There are other very similar ??? species, all edible, and no poisonous look-alikes. However, spurge (Chamaesyce species), which is poisonous, sometimes grows with ???. This reclining plant has thin, stringy stems, and white, milky-sap. ??? has no colored sap. Although the two plants don't closely resemble one another, watch out that you don't carelessly include any spurge in your salad."
    "??? is very nutritious, providing iron, beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorous, and riboflavin. It's a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent heart desease and nourish the immune system. People spend a fortune on capsules of fish oil from the health stores to get small amounts of this nutrient, then try to destroy all the ??? in their gardens. But ??? is delicious and free; fish oil only tastes good if you're a cat." From "Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places" by "Wildman" Steve Brill
     
  2. shorty'smom

    shorty'smom Well-Known Member

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    Purslane?

    There are some really pretty cultivated varieties of purslane now. It's really showy and never needs any care at all and looks great! If you let it reseed itself it reverts back to the wild type though.
     

  3. Tater'sPa

    Tater'sPa Well-Known Member

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    That's my guess too
     
  4. bonnie lass

    bonnie lass Semper Fi

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    Purslane is right, you guys are good at this!!!