Name: Purslane

Scientific name: Portulaca oleracea

Type: Herb

Color: Green,Red,Violet

Habitat: Cultivated Areas

Size: 25 cm

Conservation status:



Growth form: Annual herb. Flowering. Apr–Sep. Status: Introduced. Common. Also recorded: Bahrain, Kuwait, E Saudi Arabia, UAE. Habitat & distribution: Frequent in cultivated areas, including gardens. Uses: A salad herb, widely cultivated and available in many of Qatar’s markets as well as grocery stores and supermarkets. Is also highly palatable to animals. Jongbloed et al. also note that it is used as a bactericide, and in the treatment of worms, among other uses. Phillips said it was eaten to help digestion and other authors also note its diuretic properties.

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