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Sonoran Desert Purslanes

Mostly annual herbs. Showy flowers usu. with two sepals and five petals. Fruit a capsule. Some species nearly succulent. Several species in the Sonoran Desert, just two shown here (for now ... ).

Miner's Lettuce

Claytonia perfoliata

Red Maids

Calandrinia ciliata

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Annual herb of early spring growing from shady spots alongside boulders or rocky cliffs. Smooth, succulent leaves. Leaf below the cluster of small white flowers encircles the stem (perfoliate).   Detailed Description

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Succulent low-growing herb of spring with bright magenta flowers. Two sepals enclose flower bud and developing fruit.   Detailed Description

Common Purslane

Portulaca oleracea
(Portulaca retusa)

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Succulent, low-growing herb with yellow flowers with reddish stems. Circumscissile capsules with many seeds. Detailed Description

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