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Portulacaceae / Purslane
Limestone Fameflower (Talinum calcaricum)
Plant Type: This is a succulent, it is a perennial which can reach 15cm in height (6inches).
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. Leaves can reach 2.5cm in length (1inches). The leaves are succulent and tubular in shape.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 2.5cm wide (1 inches). They are an unusual shade of purple. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into early fall. Flowers only open in the afternoon.
Habitat: Rocky areas of cedar glades.
Range: Central Basin of Tennessee.

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This small, attractive flower is rather hard to find both because it is small, rather rare and only blooms in the afternoon. It may occasionally be found in fairly large groups. It was once considered to be T. teretifolium which is found on rocky areas of the Cumberland Plateau. The botanist Stewart Ware described it as a new species in 1967.(Hemmerly)

Similar Species: Rock Portulaca (Talinum teretifolium) is larger, to 30cm (1') high with leaves to 5cm (2") long.




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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Caryophyllidae
||Family
Portulacaceae
Purslane
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Talinum

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