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1 June 2014 The nomenclature of Portulaca oleracea and P. sativa (Portulacaceae)
Pertti Uotila, Alexander N. Sennikov, Avinoam Danin
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The name of the common purslane, Portulaca sativa, is lectotypified with an illustration from Lobel's Plantarum Seu Stirpium Icones and a supporting epitype specimen is designated. P. officinarum is shown to be a superfluous, though formally legitimate, name for P. oleracea. Confirmed records of P. sativa s.str. for several European and Mediterranean territories are listed.

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Pertti Uotila, Alexander N. Sennikov, and Avinoam Danin "The nomenclature of Portulaca oleracea and P. sativa (Portulacaceae)," Willdenowia 42(1), 25-28, (1 June 2014).
Published: 1 June 2014
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