Afro-Asian Horse-Purslane
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Afro-Asian Horse-Purslane
A Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Afro-Asian Horse-Purslane
Botanical name: Trianthema triquetra    Family: Aizoaceae (Ice plant family)
Synonyms: Trianthema glaucifolia, Trianthema sedifolia, Trianthema nigricans

Afro-Asian Horse-Purslane is an annual herb with roots often long and slender. Stem is diffuse, prostrate, papillose. Leaves are 0.4-1.2 cm long, 1.5-3.5 mm broad, elliptic-ovate to inverted-lanceshaped, leaf base sheathing, membranous. Flowers are solitary or 2-3, stalkless; bract about 2 mm long, ovate, tapering; bracteoles 2, less than 1 mm long. Calyx tube is bell-shaped, persistent; sepals 9 mm long, ovate. Stamens are 5, alternating with the sepals, filaments less than 1 mm long. Ovary about 1.2 mm long, top-shaped; style 1, persistent. Afro-Asian Horse-Purslane is found in Africa, Arabia, Pakistan and India. Flowering: July-November.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in Panipat, Haryana.

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