Portulacaceae
Talinum spinescens

Spiny Talinum

Woody-based stems crowded with leaves. Leaves succulent, green, 1/2–1 in. long, round at tip. Overwintering hardened midribs are spine-like. Flowers 6–12 in loose clusters open in the afternoon on leafless stems to 10 in. long. Flower with 5 magenta petals, 20–30 stamens. Grows in rocky places, outcrops in shrub-steppe, desert. Rare and endangered in Oregon, where it is endemic to Wasco and Jefferson counties, but somewhat more widespread in central Washington.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--12 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Dry Rocky Sites
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  • Native: Yes