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Sesuvium portulacastrum - (L.)L.

Common Name Sea Purslane, Shoreline seapurslane
Family Aizoaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal dunes and beaches[265].
Range Worldwide in Tropical and Subtropical regions.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Sesuvium portulacastrum Sea Purslane, Shoreline seapurslane
Sesuvium portulacastrum Sea Purslane, Shoreline seapurslane


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Physical Characteristics

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Sesuvium portulacastrum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in). It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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nomenclatural synonym:(Portulacaceae) Portulaca portulacastrum


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Edible Uses

None known


Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses


Cultivation details

193062 A decumbent perennial herb, rooting at the nodes[265].


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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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Readers comment

Diana Panaguiton   Tue Oct 19 09:38:44 2004

I wish have a study in this plant, for our investigatory project, I am Diana Panaguiton, a student of Capiz National High School(Special Science and Technology Class), Roxas City. Can I please have an email on the chemical analysis of this plant (Sesuvium portulacastrum) as a guide for my study. It will really be of great help. thanks.

Sheila So   Tue Jul 4 2006

We, a group of UST (University of Santo Tomas) Pharmacy 4th year students who is currently working on our undergraduate research paper regarding Sesuvium portulacastrum would like to request pharmacological as well as phytochemical studies conducted on the said plant - studies could be in published, scholarly journals or books. This would serve as supplemental background for our study. These reading materials about said plant would be able to make our study more feasible and reliable. We are hoping for your soonest possible response regarding the matter. The following articles whether from journals or books are requested to be sent to the following email address: or Thank You and God Bless! Sincerely Yours, Sheila So

student   Sat Sep 22 2007 there is a description of some of the useful properties of 'akulikuli (Hawaiian name of sea purslane)

student   Sat Sep 22 2007

I've been reading up on this plant and it appears to filter out and neutralize toxins in the water as well as clearing out pond scum and algae (don't ask me how)

Kyla Tucker   Tue May 15 2007

Hi. I am researching native vegetation of Baja, Mexico and I would like to know if Sesuvium portulacastrum is native to the Baja peninsula. I would greatly appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks, Kyla Tucker

Jock   Sun Sep 23 2007

Sesuvium is a tasty salad treat - I've eaten myself with olive oil and vinegar - this is the way it prepared in New Caledonia. Quite tasty.

hanika   Fri Nov 16 2007

can i have details about biochemical reactions of this plant..i m hanika..doing my project in this plant it wil be very helpful to me..can u please send me mail to

Green Deane   Fri May 8 2009

You say it has no known edible uses. I've eaten it raw and cooked here in Florida. I have an article and a video on it, the article on site, the video on You TUbe.


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