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Common Purslane - introduced (*Portulaca oleracea)

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Other names: Pigweed, Munyeroo.

Family: Portulacaceae (Purslane family).


Occurrence: Pigweed is a common summer garden weed.


Pigweed has a world-wide distribution, including Australia. In Central Victoria it grows as a weed, particularly in well-watered summer gardens, and is treated in this publication as a weed.

It is killed by frosts.

Photos: Pigweed. The reddish succulent stems, the fleshy leaves and yellow flowers help identify this species. Castlemaine garden.