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Portulacaria Afra

Botanical Name:

Portulacaria afra

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Characteristics

Plant Type

Densely branched shrub or small tree 2–4 m high, branches brittle with jointed nodes; bark smooth, shiny, the twigs reddish-brown, older wood grey.

Flower

Sepals crescent-shaped, membranous, becoming rigid, 0.5–0.8 mm long; petals pale rosy-pink or mauve, narrowly obovate-oblong, slightly hooded, ± 2 mm long, subpersistent; stamens slightly longer than the petals, the filaments broadened downwards; ovary ellipsoid.

Fruit

Fruit ellipsoid, 5 mm long, 3-angled, winged on the angles, translucent, glossy, pink, pendant.

Taxonomy

Order

Caryophyllales

Family

Didiereaceae

Genus

Portulacaria

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