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Barbeer, rijla, bagla, Common Purslane, wild portulaca
Portulaca oleracea (common purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, or pursley, and moss rose) is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae, which may reach 40 cm in height.[+]
Approximately forty varieties currently are cultivated. It has an extensive Old World distribution extending from North Africa through the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent to Malesia and Australasia. The species status in the New World is uncertain: in general, it is considered an exotic weed, however, there is evidence that the species was in Crawford Lake deposits (Ontario) in 1430-89 AD, suggesting that it reached North America in the pre-Columbian era. It is naturalised elsewhere and in some regions is considered an invasive weed. It has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. The yellow flowers have five regular parts and are up to 6 mm wide. Depending upon rainfall, the flowers appear at anytime during the year. The flowers open singly at the center of the leaf cluster for only a few hours on sunny mornings. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod, which opens when the seeds are mature. Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.
Common Purslane (wild portulaca, Portulaca oleracea, local names barbeer, rijla, bagla) on Al Markhiya Street in West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 3, 2014
Majlis Al Taawon St, Doha, Qatar
Common purslane (wild portulaca, Portulaca oleracea, local names barbeer, rijla, bagla) on Green Circles (center-pivot irrigation) in Irkhaya (Irkaya) Farms. South-western Qatar, October 25, 2014
Unnamed Road, Qatar
Common purslane (wild portulaca, Portulaca oleracea, local names barbeer, rijla, bagla) in windblown sand on roadside of Salwa Road in area of Rawdat Ekdaim. Southern Qatar, April 11, 2015
Salwa Road, Qatar
Kitten sleeping among plants of purslane (Portulaca oleracea) on Al Jassasiya Street, Musheirib area. Doha, Qatar, June 19, 2015
Al Jassasiya Street, Doha, Qatar
Common purslane (wild portulaca, Portulaca oleracea, local names barbeer, rijla, bagla) with seeds on waste ground on Al Shatt Street in Onaiza area. Doha, Qatar, January 26, 2016
Al Shatt St, Doha, Qatar
QNHG (Qatar Natural History Group) and associated people, for a possibility to participate in their field excursions and to learn about local nature.