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Sesuvium portulacastrum (Shoreline seapurslane)
Cressler, Alan

Sesuvium portulacastrum

Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L.

Shoreline Seapurslane, Sea Purslane, Cenicilla

Aizoaceae (Fig-Marigold Family)

Synonym(s): Portulaca portulacastrum

USDA Symbol: sepo2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (N), PR (N), VI (N)

Sea Purslane is a member of the ice plant family (family Aizoaceae). Ice Plants are usually fleshy herbs with showy flowers and simple leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Inflorescence: Axillary
Size Notes: Stems trailing, much-branched, sometimes forming patches 2 yards across
Fruit: Seeds are black, smooth and lustrous
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NC , PA , SC , TX

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1991 VOL. 8, NO.6 - Wildflower Seeds and Germination, Special Intern Appeal Enjoys Great Success, Di...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sesuvium portulacastrum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sesuvium portulacastrum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sesuvium portulacastrum


Record Modified: 2015-07-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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