Portulaca quadrifida L., Mant. Pl. 73 1767. (syn. Illecebrum verticillatum Burm.fil.; Meridiana elliptica Poir.; Meridiana quadrifida (L.) Poir.; Portulaca anceps A.Rich.; Portulaca chariensis Chev.; Portulaca diptera Zipp. ex Span.; Portulaca elatinoides Chev.; Portulaca formosana (Hayata) Hayata; Portulaca geniculata Royle; Portulaca imbricata Forsk.; Portulaca linifolia Forsk.; Portulaca meridiana L. f.; Portulaca microphylla A. Rich.; Portulaca parensis Poelln.; Portulaca pseudoquadrifida Poelln.;  Portulaca quadrifida var. formosana Hayata; Portulaca quadrifida var. meridiana (L.fil.) DC.; Portulaca rediviva Wawra; Portulaca repens Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.; Portulaca rubens Chev.; Portulaca squarrosa Peter; Portulaca walteriana Poelln.);
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as per Catalogue of life;
Chicken weed, Wild purslane, பசலை கீறை Pasalai keerai (Tamil), Goddu pavelli (Telugu); Nunya Ka Sag, Chota nunya, Lunki buti;

Portulaca quadrifida from ground of Arya PG College Panipat
Growing wild in the ground
Leaves opposite, flat blade and 5mm x 3mm, flowers yellow
pls validate

Yes …

flowers of india says this is chickenweed… but I thought all portulacas were called Pigweed.. wonder why the confusion


Pls help id another small herb:  A pretty  spreading plant with tiny yellow flowers, please help id:
Common plant seen in waste land outskirts of Chennaiin moist semi-shady places
Low spreading stems seen growing to 5 inches long
Stems are string-like with hairy appendages at nodes
tiny yellow 4-petalled flowers, about 2mm x 1mm long
Seems to flower all through the year,

Portulaca quadrifida.

Yes, it matches very well with descriptions avlbl online (efloras,org) except i did not observe the 8-10 stamens.
thanks …. for the id.  I am wondering if this is a commonly occuring plant, as elsewhere the oleraceae species is much more frequently visible?
It  would be interesting to have some information on how common or not a species is; perhaps the frequency of plants found on the specific observation/location  as  posted. by members. … may please consider this suggestion.

16082017BHAR1 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Herb that used to grow with grass in agri. land and common places near Chennai.

Portulaca species?

Thank you very much.
It appears to be Portulaca quadrifida

Portulaca quadrifida: I’d confirm : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 3 Mb each.
Location gujarat
Date 18/8/2018
Portulaca quadrifida
गुजराती, बडघली, झीणकी लुणी

I guess ID is correct.

Unlike other plants in this family (9 am to 5 pm or office hour) this species blooms between 2 pm to 4 pm hence known as Siesta Flowers.


I first noticed this wild prostrate herb in 2018, on a railway platform. At first look I ignored it assuming to be Portulaca oleracea L. But on a second look I noted marked differences in leaf and flower size along with certain other features. I think the attached picture is of Portulaca quadrifida L. I took the photographs on my entry-level mobile phone… on 17-08-2019. So, please bear with the quality.
It was my first record of this species. It appears to be not so common as the other one.

You’re right …, it’s Portulaca quadrifida only,

Welcome … I for one in the group missed you for a long time. Nice posting.  In the light of your posting I think I need to check the P.oleracea species seen around my house!!!.

Portulaca quadrifida of course !

In Bihar, is called Noni नोनी. Is consumed as green veg, most commonly a fritter पकौड़ा

Right …, Potulaca quadrifida…!!

Thank you Sir.. PAKAURA is my favourite too, though never tried with Portulaca sp. Wonder how it tastes!


Portulaca quadrifida from Delhi-10022021-2
2 images.
Portulaca quadrifida, photographed from Delhi University North Campus,


Saw this tiny vegetable at a vendor in Nasik during November.

Check Potulaca sp.

In Nasik, it is known as Chival, as informed by …

That shows Portulaca oleracea on searching.

Portulaca oleracea-  Purselane; Tamil: Paruppu keerai • Malayalam: Koluppa • Kannada: Dudagorai

Portulaca quadrifida



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