Portulaca oleracea L., Sp. Pl. 445 1753 (Syn: Portulaca aurea hort. ex DC.; Portulaca consanguinea Schltdl.; Portulaca dichotoma Gueldenst.; Portulaca fosbergii Poelln.; Portulaca fosbergii var. major Poelln.; Portulaca hortensis Rupr. [Illegitimate]; Portulaca intermedia Link ex Schltdl.; Portulaca laevis Buch.-Ham.; Portulaca latifolia Hornem.; Portulaca marginata Kunth; Portulaca maritima S.G.Gmel.; Portulaca neglecta Mack. & Bush; Portulaca officinarum Crantz; Portulaca oleracea var. alata Peter; Portulaca oleracea var. apiculata Goffinet; Portulaca oleracea var. delicatula F.R.Fosberg; Portulaca oleracea var. emarginata Goffinet; Portulaca oleracea var. erecta Dyer; Portulaca oleracea var. gracilescens Domin; Portulaca oleracea var. linearifolia V.V.Sivarajan & K.S.Manilal; Portulaca oleracea var. macrantha Eggers; Portulaca oleracea var. micrantha Eggers; Portulaca oleracea var. opposita Poelln.; Portulaca oleracea var. parviflora Griseb.; Portulaca oleracea subsp. stellata Danin & H.G.Baker; Portulaca oleracea subsp. sylvestris (DC.) Celak.; Portulaca oleracea var. sylvestris DC.; Portulaca olitoria Pall.; Portulaca opposita (Poelln.) Poelln.; Portulaca papillosa Sennen; Portulaca parviflora Griseb.; Portulaca parvifolia Haw.; Portulaca pilosa f. marginata (Kunth) Hassler; Portulaca repens Noronha; Portulaca retusa Engelm.; Portulaca rostellata Brign.; Portulaca Portulaca stellata (Danin & H.G.Baker) C.Ricceri & P.V.Arrigoni; Portulaca stellata (Danin & H.G.Baker) Danin; Portulaca suffruticosa Thwaites [Illegitimate]; Portulaca sylvestris (Garsault) Montand.; Portulaca terrae-reginae Poelln.; Portulaca trianthemoides Bremek.; Portulaca viridis hort. ex DC.);
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por-tew-LAK-uh — carries milk … Dave’s Botanary
awl-lur-RAY-see-uh — edible vegetable … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: purslane • Assamese: মালভোগ শাক malbhog xaak • Bengali: লুনে শাক loone saak • Gujarati: લૂણી luni • Hindi: घोल ghol, लोनिया loniya, नोनिया noniya • Kannada: ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗೋಣಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು dodda goni soppu • Kashmiri: कुन kuna • Konkani: गोळ gol • Malayalam: കൊഴുപ്പ koluppa • Manipuri: লৈবাক কুন্দো leibak kundo • Marathi: घोळ ghol • Oriya: ଲୋଣିକା lonika • Persian: خرفه khurfa • Punjabi: ਧਮਣੀ dhamni, ਕੁਲਫਾ kulfa, ਲੂਨਕ lunak • Sanskrit: घोटक ghotaka, लोणिका lonika • Tamil: கோழிக்கீரை koli-k-kirai, பருப்புக்கீரை paruppu-k-kirai • Telugu: గంగాబాయిలికూర gangabayalikura, పప్పుకూర pappukura, పెద్ద పావిలికూర pedda pavilikura • Tulu: ಗೋಳಿಪದ್ಪೆ golipadpe, ನೆಲಗುಲಾಬಿ nelagulabi
Used as pot-herb, consumed as salad and employed in salads. Flesh stems are often pickled;
This is the food plant of the caterpillars of Danaid eggfly butterflies.;
Plant is edible. Used as vegetable in India. It has medicinal properties too;
Succulent herb. Leaves alternate, opposite, subopposite or whorled, ovate. Mostly appear clustered. Flowers yellow terminal solitary.petals-5. Size around 6mm. Flowers open early on sunny mornings and remain open hardly for sometime.
Reddish smooth mostly prostrate stems. Leaves appear to be clustered at ends. Flowers yellow with 5 petals 3mm across. Unopened green pods and opened seed pods seen with black seeds
Yes … A very delicate vegetable, often cultivated also
Yes Sir, I think cultivated varities have little large flowers
… nice photos of the flowers and plant. This is the food plant of the caterpillars of Danaid eggfly butterflies. There are cultivated varieties (Portulaca grandiflora) with showy flowers in various colors also known as “Office Time”.
yes comes up in potting soil.. on its own.. at bases of potted plants…
yes and a weed…
comes up in soils of pots brought in from the outside…
Nice… common plant but nicely presented…
efloraofindia:”For Id 14112011MR1’’ ?Portulaca oleracea Pune:
Help requested to Id this succulent growing wild in a slightly moist area at Pune
Reddish smooth mostly prostrate stems.
Leaves appear to be clustered at ends.
Flowers yellow with 5 petals 3mm across.
Unopened green pods and opened seed pods seen with black seeds
I think Portulaca oleracea
efloraofindia:”For Id 05112011MR1’’ ? Portulaca oleracea Pune: Date/Time-Nov 2011
Sorry for not good quality of photographs
Kindly identify this herb with green leaves and yellow flower at Pune
No fruits seen
Can it be Portulaca oleracea ?
Yes I think so
Is there any possibility of this being Portulaca hybrid ‘Yubi Yellow?
I have only seen Portulaca ‘Yubi Yellow” once. As far as I remember the flower were much bigger than that it seems from your photos even the leaves were slightly bigger in size too.
Herb ID request – RK45 – 2-Nov-2012:
Yes Portulaca oleracea
27062013 ASP 68 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
I think there are 2 herbs. The one with yellow buds looks like Portulaca oleracea FOI
the one with the pink flower looks like Trianthema portulacastrum
Yes it does appear to be Portulaca oleracea
Portulaca oleracea L from Kamrup district(Metro), Assam : Attachments (9). 1 post by 1 author.
Attached images are Portulaca oleracea L collected from Kamrup district(Metro), Assam. The plant is known as Hanhthengia in Assamese (means like Duck leg) since shape of leaf of this sp. is like Duck leg. It is also known as Malbhog Sak in Assamese.
Location: Kamrup district(Metro)
Family : Portulacaceae
Genus & species : Portulaca oleracea L
Habitat: Grows wild on side of the drain.
Flower : Yellow
BRS 489 27072013 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.
Location: Adyar, chennai
Check for Portulaca oleracea.
succulent weed for ID – Hyderabad – 09032014-NAW1 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).
So it is not a weed afterall! Thank you for the identification.
Thanks all. What i mean by calling it a weed is that i didnt actually plant it – it has come up on its own. I will endeavor to collect its seeds so that i can grow it by intention.
Along with this enquiry i had also uploaded another set of pictures of a similar plant which has been identified as Trianthema portulacastrum – are there any benefits in intentionally growing this plant?
Portulaca oleracea……it is used as leafy vegetable by tribal people
Actually it is a main ingredient in a famous mutton dish of Hyderabad called ‘Kulfa Gosht’, kulfa being the local name for the vegetable/ plant.
efloraofindia: For ID 271112SP23 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Please help me to identify this flower.
Location – Badalapur
Date: March, 14
habitat : Wild
It could be a Portulaca
Portulaca oleracea L.SN April 24 : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.
Portulaca oleracea L..; Fam: Portulacaceae, common weed, succulent, leaves edible as green.
efloraofindia: For ID 271112SP32 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Please help me to identify these tiny yellow flowers, grown as weeds in a private garden in dombivli.
Names of Plants in India :: Portulaca oleracea L. : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
Portulaca oleracea L. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location : Tatopani, Pokhara, Nepal
Date : 12 April 2017
Elevation : 5000 ft.
Nepali Names : कुल्फा साग Kulfaa Saag / नून ढिकी Noon Dhikee / नोना Nonaa / गड्यॉउला झार Gadyaulaa Jhaar / पाइते झार Paaite Jhaar
For me the ID looks correct.
Fruits & Vegetables Week: Portulaca oleracea, the common purslane:
Portulaca oleracea, the common purslane, a common weed in wastelands, cultivated fields and roadsides is used as pot-herb, consumed as salad and employed in salads. Flesh stems are often pickled.
Hindi: Khursa, baralaniya, kulfa
Mar: Bhuigholi, kurfah, mhotighol
Guj: Moto loni, ghol
Tel: Peddapayilikura, ganga-pavilikura
Tam: Karikeeral, parupukkiray, pullikirat
Kan: Dooddagooni, soppu
The beautiful flowers o
ften planted in hanging boxes – commonly called “Office time” is a cousin of this
– Here is the photo of Office time.
– This is portulaca x Yubi. Some consider it to be a variety of P. oleracea, others a variety of P. grandiflora and still others as a hybrid between the two species. This seems to be a good material for any one interested in
For ID10072019RK1-Please help in identification : 6 posts by 4 authors. 1 correct image as above.
Kindly help in identification of this. It is a green leafy vegetable.
Date-25th June, 2019
Two images are from different plants.
For 2nd image, pl. check comparative images at Amaranthus
Yes, first one is Portulaca oleracea and second one seems to be Amranthus viridis…
first one (Dali arak) is Portulaca oleracea; Fam. – Portulacaceae. Also called as Golgola saag in Jharkhand.
second is Khudi bhaji saag – Amaranthus viridis. Fam. – Amaranthaceae
… name of Portulaca oleracea in Assamiya: Dear Assamiya-knowing friends,
Don’t know about transliteration but from my Useful Plant of India it is Noniya (perhaps first word) the second I guess should be saag
Assamese name for plant is Noniya
Could find it from online transliteration to be chanikya saag. Yes, noniya OR nuniya is a popular name for Portulaca oleracea in Bengal and Assam.
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commonly known as: purslane • Assamese: মালভোগ শাক malbhog xaak • Bengali: নূনিযা সাগ nuniya saag • Gujarati: લૂણી luni • Hindi: घोल ghol, लोनिया loniya, नोनिया noniya • Kannada: ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗೋಣಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು dodda goni soppu, ಕಿರುಗೋಣಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು kirugoni soppu • Kashmiri: कुन kuna • Konkani: गोळ gol • Malayalam: കൊഴുപ്പ koluppa • Manipuri: লৈবাক কুন্দো leibak kundo • Marathi: घोळ ghol • Oriya: lunia • Persian: خرفه khurfa • Punjabi: ਧਮਣੀ dhamni, ਕੁਲਫਾ kulfa, ਲੂਨਕ lunak •Sanskrit: घोटक ghotaka, लोणिका lonika • Tamil: கோழிக்கீரை koli-k-kirai, பருப்புக்கீரை paruppu-k-kirai • Telugu:పెద్ద పావిలికూర pedda pavilikura
botanical name: Portulaca oleracea L.
Have set incremental goal … first compiling names for the native flora that is found in my collection (Western Ghats in my vicinity) … next, eFI & FOI … can go at it with the only option … slowly and steadily !!!
Nooniya is not name we recognize in urban west bengal, namely mostly West Bengal and its vicinity…
all saag sellers are village women who come to Calcutta markets with their haul of yesterday from their village tanks, riverbanks, forests….
1: They and our non-english reading and speaking Bengali folks… call it LOONE saak লুনে শাক…
so I wanted to be sure before I responded….
Supporting Reference for this is in a booklet called: ” Banglar Saak” dated March 2003 published by The DEVELOPMENT Research Communication and Services Center, 18 b Gariahat Road, Dhakuria, Kolkata 700031.
(I would like to send the pic of the cover and the page with this saak of the book but there is no option here to include an attachment, or I have just not found it, not smart enough I guess) !!!
2: Santhal tribals in Bengal call it Golgol-sag.. Reference: TRIBAL MEDICINE by Dr. DC Pal and SK Jain…page 216. published 1997 Kolkata.by Naya Prokas Kolkata ISN 81-85421-307..
3: My servants recognize it, eat it and buy it sometimes…from our local market… There is one growing in my balcony at the base of my potted Adenium obesum….that single loone saag has also developed the telltale yellow tiny flowers…
I would recognize portulaca any way… it was a common weed in upstate NY countryside and on many a weekends I have gone on hikes with my herbal medicine teachers, we would pick Portulaca among many things from the pristine woods, and eat them in our salad for lunch or add in the sandwiches… nowadays green grocers carry it all over NYC….
sorry to respond so late… but it took a while to dig out skinny botany books in Bengali script..
You must be right. My information Noniya as Assamese name is based on CSIR publication, Useful Plants of India.
To me now, getting common names validated is seeming just as important as botanical names.
And yes, my source says Baraloniya in Bengali
L should be logical:
Baralaniya in Hindi
Motiloni in Gujarati
Brihalloni, lanika and lonamla in Sanskrit
Lonak in Punjab
We observe that the names in most of the languages have an adjective prefixed implying “large” OR “big”.
One of my Assamese friends transliterated চানেকীয়া শাক as Chanekiya Haak.
And most probably this chanekiya haak OR chanikya saag is a generic name for sour greens (though not sure).
… just found from few resources on internet that smaller version of loniya OR luniya would be species of Oxalis … there could possibly be some other plant(s) too.
… the name lonamla (Sanskrit: लोणाम्ला) is more apt for Oxalis pusilla as per online Sanskrit dictionaries, one of is Monier-Williams Dictionary <http://www.sanskrita.org/wiki/index.php/loNa>.
Just now my another friend from Upper Assam informed some names for these plants:
Identity : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Which plant is this?
It is Portulaca oleracea, herb, weed in the agriculture land, edible, some times sold in the market also
Fwd: need id assistance for JNU campus forest plant SP 4 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
I need id assistance for following plants collected from JNU New Campus Forest, New Delhi. Date: 27.04.2015
Could be Portulaca oleracea.
Yes, it should be Portulaca oleracea L. as suggested by …
68 Identify wild plant Purslane: 13 images.
Please identify the wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date (flower): 06.04.2021, 09.50am, 04.04.2021, 09.35am
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: creeping annual weak stem
Leaves: opposite oval oblong
Flower: diameter:04mm, yellow non fragrant
Fruit: green, cone shaped
Seed: black, circular, very tiny numerous
Camera: mobile LGK10 2017 13mp +macro lens (for seed shot)
Portulaca oleracea L. !
Yes I agree with …
The photographs are superb !
The Common purslane: Portulaca oleracea, a highly variable, weedy plant. Seen in my neighborhood during wet season. Very very common plant in my place.
Botanical Name: Portulaca oleracea: 2 images.
Location: Rajouri district jandk
Used: use as vegetable
Yes. The ID is correct. It is a weed outside my house and often in my garden.
Swamy/New series/ID/18 – ID of the Plant Portulaca oleracea: 6 images.
Please confirm the Id / suggest new ID for the photographs of the plant received from Chennai. Photographed last week (28.5.21). My ID is Portulaca oleracea
Portulaca oleracea: 4 very high res. images.
Yes. A common weed in wasteland. Plenty around.
Yes as per images at Portulaca oleracea
Identification help 2: 2 high res. images.
Two days ago, in the market, the attached plant was being sold as Bacopa moneri. I bought it for plantation. But, I doubt is it the same plant. I request your assistance.
Habit: Looks like a succulent herb. Flowers were not seen. Though buds were present. Glabrous. I chewed the leaves but it was not bitter.
Habitat: Information could not be collected.
I think it might be Portulaca oleracea or any related species.
Portulaca oleracea L.
Yes, appears close to images at
Portulaca oleracea L.
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: May 1, 2011 · 9:14 AM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl