ʻAkulikuli (Sesuvium portulacastrum, Sea Purslane)

Sesuvium is an introduced native plant with fleshy succulent leaves, red stems, and purple flowers. It is not common and is found mostly where outplanted in wet areas such as the seeps and the runway.

The succulent leaves of Sesuvium are relatively distinctive, only resembling Portulaca oleracea on Kure (hence the specific epithet). Sesuvium leaves are much longer and more slender than Portulaca, and the purplish red stems and magenta flowers are also good identifying characteristics.

 

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