Common name: Sea Purslane, Shore Purslane • Marathi: धाप dhapa • Tamil: ஓர்பூடு orputu, வங்காரவச்சி vankaravacci • Telugu: వంగరేడుకూర vangaredukura • Bengali: jadu palang
Botanical name: Sesuvium portulacastrum Family: Aizoaceae (Ice plant family)
Synonyms: Portulaca portulacastrum
Sea Purslane is a native, herbaceous perennial found on the sea coasts. It grows on the ocean side of the
dunes down to the high tide mark. The thick, fleshy leaves are
borne on succulent, reddish-green stems that branch regularly
forming dense stands close to the ground. Small, showy pink
flowers are borne more or less continually throughout the year.
Each flower opens for only a few hours each day. These plants
help build the dunes by catching sand in between stems and
leaves. The plant is closely related to the more familiar
Purslane commonly found in gardens.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
|Photographed at Kelwa Beach, Maharashtra.|