Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L.
Portulaca portulacastrum L.
Akulikuli, sea purslane
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Caryophyllidae||Cacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts|
|Order||Caryophyllales||Includes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants|
|Family||Aizoaceae||Fig-marigold or ice plant family (previously Mesembryanthemaceae)|
|Genus||Sesuvium||Neither 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|
|Species||portulacastrum||Michael 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 25 May 2020.
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8/15/2003 · South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands · By Heather A. Kent ID is uncertain
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