Plants of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Scientific Name Portulaca pilosa L.
Family Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Other Names 'Akulikuli (transl. "succulent"?)
Status Alien
Distribution & Habitat This is a pantropical species.  In Hawaii it is found in dry, open areas such as strands and lava fields, ususally in the elevation range from sea level to 620 m.  It occurs on all the main islands except Lana`i and Kaho`olawe (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1074).
Locations in this Guide Puimau Hot Spot
General Appearance
This is a succulent, perennial herb (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1072).

The stems are green on young plants and turn purplish red as the plant ages (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1072).

These plants have a tap root.  This may be a problem for those plants growing at the Puhimau Hotspot.

Puhimau Hot Spot

Puhimau Hot Spot

Leaves
The leaves are 4 to15 mm long and 0.5 to 4 mm wide (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1072).
Flowers & Fruits
The flowers are magenta (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1074).

Seeds are dark blue with a metallic luster (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1074).

Puhimau Hot Spot

Puhimau Hot Spot

Puhimau Hot Spot

Puhimau Hot Spot

Phenology
Natural History This species was first introduced on Kaua`i and first collected in 1922 (Wagner, et al. 1990: 1074).
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