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(pôr'chəlăk`ə): see purslanepurslane,
common name for some plants of the Portulaceae, a family of herbs and a few small shrubs, chiefly of the Americas. The portulacas or purslanes (genus Portulaca) include many species indigenous to the United States. The pussley, or common purslane (P.
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a genus of annual or perennial fleshy plants of the family Portulacaceae. The stems are prostrate or ascending, and the leaves alternate or are nearly opposite. The flowers are generally small and inconspicuous; some species have large solitary flowers. These are approximately 100 species (according to other data, as many as 200), distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. The common purslane (P. oleracea), an annual weed, is particularly widespread. Its young stems and leaves are used in salads. Rose moss (P. grandiflora), an ornamental annual native to Argentina and Brazil, is used primarily for flowerbeds. Its bright, large flowers open only in sunlight.

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The species identified were Setaria spp, Digitaria sanguinalis (polynically analogue as Poaceae 35[mu]m, Portulaca oleracea, Chenopodium album, and Amaranthus quitensis (polynically analogated as Cheno/Ams), Agropyron repens (polynically analogated as Poaceae 25[mu]m), Brassica campestris (polynically analogated as Brassicaceae) and Polygonum convolvulus (polynically analogated as Polygonaceae).
domesticus consume semillas de los generos Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae) y Portulaca (Portulacaceae) e insectos de los ordenes Coleoptera e Hymenoptera (Sanchez 1986, Alonso 1985), taxones tambien encontrados en esta investigacion.
The Portulaca material was obtained from the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine Pharmacy of the Shanghai Tenth People's Hospital.
In overall, this review clearly demonstrates the potential of Malaysian medicinal plants as anti-inflammatory agents in which Melicope ptelefolia (Tenggek burung) and Portulaca oleracea (Gelang pasir) were found to exhibit potent anti-inflammatory activity in vitro.
The virus was detected in several ornamental species including Portulaca grandiflora, Phlox stolonifera, Scutellaria spp., Crossandra infundibuliformis, Angelonia angustifolia, Torenia spp., Helichrysum spp., Salvia splendens, and Zinnia elegans [2, 12, 15, 17].
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The increase in betalain production in callus of Portulaca exposed to blue light was also observed by Kishima, Shimaya, and Adachi (1995).
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of Portulaca oleracea L.
The neuroprotective effects of Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) on rotenone-induced biochemical changes and apoptosis in brain of rat.
The analgesic effect of the aqueous extract of Portulaca oleracea Linn.
The five species that presented the higher frequencies at the beginning of the rainy season were Nicandra physaloides (20.0%), Galinsoga parviflora (14.0%), Commelina benghalensis (14.0%), Panicum maximum (12.0%) and Portulaca oleracea (10.0%), belonging to the families Solanaceae, Asteraceae, Commelinaceae, Poaceae and Portulacaceae, respectively.