Western Sea Purslane

Common Names:
Western Sea Purslane
Scientific name:
Sesuvium verrucosum
Synonyms:
Sesuvium erectum
Elevation range:
-200 - 4,000 ft
Flowering Months:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Perennial
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Western Sea Purslane in the desert

Sesuvium verrucosum, Saratoga Spring, Death Valley National Park | May 2007

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Western Sea Purslane in the desert

Sesuvium verrucosum has thick, fleshy herbage and grows in saline environments. The leaves can be oval, round or almost cylindrical and flowers have 5 tepals (no petals) with pointed tips that are deep pink in color. Saratoga Spring, Death Valley National Park | May 2007