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Pigweed (462) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Pigweed; it is also known as pig weed, or purslane.

Scientific Name

Portulaca oleracea. It was known previously as Portulaca officinarum. It is a member of the Portulacaeae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Aradhana Deesh
Adapted from Pigweed (Portulaca oleraceae) (2018) Weeds of SE Qld and Northern NSW. Lucidcentral. (; and additional information from CABI (2019) Portulaca oleraceae (purslane). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and from Waterhouse DF (1993) Biological Control: Pacific Prospects - Supplement 2. ACIAR Monograph No. 20. Canberra, ACT. Photo 1 Phil Westra, Colorado State University, Photo 2 ZooFari Portulaca oleraceae (Wikipedia). Photo 3 jacilluch Flower of Portulaca oleracea (Wikipedia).

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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