Talinaceae  Dowald 2001

pronounced: tell-in-AY-see-eye

the waterleaf family

tuberous root

Talinaceæ is a family consisting of only two genera, Talinella and Talinum, plants that were until recently classified as being members of Portulacaceae. The name adopted, Talinaceæ, is that of a long disused family. Its members now are dwarf shrubs, or, rarely, small caudiciform trees, often with tuberous roots or rootstock. The leaves are mucilaginous.




Talinum fruticosum - Philippine Spinach

Talinum triangulare - Leaf Ginseng


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