Desert Horse Purselane

Desert Horse Purselane

  • Plant Type: Annual herb.
  • Common Names: Desert Horse-purslane, Horse-purslane, Black-pigweed, Giant-pigweed.
  • Color: Pink, purple
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.2 to 0.4 inch in diameter.
  • Flowering Seasons/Months: Summer and fall (May to October).
  • Desert with Desert Horse Purselane: Thar.

Desert Horse Purselane Flower Characteristics

Desert Horse Purselane

Triabthena portulacastrum is an annual herb of the family Aizoaceae. The Desert Horse Purselane is succulent and usually glabrous.

  • The stems of the Desert Horse Purselane are fleshy and prostrate. The stems are usually reddish.
  • The leaves of the Desert Horse Purselane are opposite, simple, and obovate. There are small hairs near the leaves. They are petiolate.
  • Triabthena portulacastrum flowers are tiny. Each flower has 5 lobes that open only in the morning. The flowers of the Desert Horse Purselane do not have petals, but the sepals are petallike.
  • The blossoms of the plant occur on the leaf axils. The flowers are usually solitary and sessile.

Black Pigweed

Desert Horse Purselane Facts

Desert Horse Purslane

  • The Desert Horse Purslane plant has been eaten for at least 2000 years. The plant was already consumed as food by the ancient Romans and Greeks[1].
  • It was said that the Purslane was Gandhi’s favorite food.
  • The purslanes harvested in the morning are tarter than those harvested in the late part of the day or evening.
  • Research from the Indian Journal of Pharmacology[3] cited that in Indian traditional medicine, the Desert Horse Purselane is considered a diuretic.
  • The extracts from the Desert Horse Purselane[4] showed efficacy in the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, antihyperglycemic, antimicrobial, and anticancer activities.

Horse Purslane

Suggested Reading: Common Types of Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Real Food Encyclopedia – Purslane – FoodPrint”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of Trianthema portulacastrum L Kumar G, Banu G S, Pandian M R – Indian J Pharmacol”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Trianthema portulacastrum L. (giant pigweed): phytochemistry and pharmacological properties | SpringerLink”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.


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