Taxon: Talinum fruticosum (L.) Juss.

Genus: Talinum
Family: Talinaceae
Nomen number: 402262
Place of publication: Gen. pl. 312. 1789
Link to protologue:
Comment: the formerly disregarded basionym, Portulaca fruticosa L., was effectively lectotypified by Wijnands & Westphal-Stevels in Taxon 34:309. 1985, making it homotypic with T. triangulare (Jacq.) Willd., over which it has priority
Name Verified on: 19-Feb-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Feb-2003
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

  • Ceylon-spinach  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • Philippine-spinach  (Source: F Guat) - English
  • Surinam-purslane  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • sweetheart  (Source: Mansf Ency) - English
  • waterleaf  (Source: Pl Res SEAs) - English
  • Surinaamsche postelein  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Dutch
  • grand pourpier  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • grassé  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • grassé grand pourpier  (Source: Mansf Ency) - French
  • pourpier tropical  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • Blatt-Ginseng  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • Ceylonspinat  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • Javaspinat  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • pasali  (Source: Mansf Ency) - India
  • beldroega-graúda  (Source: PROTA4U) - Portuguese
  • lustrosa-grande  (Source: PROTA4U) - Portuguese
  • espinaca de Filipinas  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Spanish
  • espinaca de Java  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • espinaca de Surinam  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • verdolago francés  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (as T. triangulare)
  • Human food: vegetable (fide Pl Res SEAs 8:268. 1993, as T. triangulare; F NAmer)
  • Weed: (as T. triangulare)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • Mexico

    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda, [Antigua] Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, [St. Vincent] Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela
    • BRAZIL: Brazil
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

    Cultivated (also cult.)

    Naturalized (natzd. elsewhere)


    Southern America
    • SOUTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: Paraguay, Uruguay


  1. PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  2. Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. et al. Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78:1-581. (F St John)
  3. Boggan, J. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas, ed. 2. 1997 (L Guianas ed2)
  4. Brummitt, R. K. 1988. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta: 35 (Taxon) 37:445.
  5. Dubs, B. Prodromus florae matogrossensis. Botany of Mato Grosso, series B, no. 3. (L Mato Grosso)
  6. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  7. Funk, V. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 55:1-584. 2007 (L Guiana Shield)
  8. Görts-van Rijn, A. R. A., ed. Flora of the Guianas. (F Guianas)
  9. Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  10. Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  11. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  12. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  13. Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. (F Guat)
  14. Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. (F VenGuay)
  15. Wijnands, D. O. & J. M. C. Westphal-Stevels 1985. (785) Proposal to change the citation and nomenclature of the conserved type of 2406 Talinum Adanson (Taxon) 34:309-310.
  16. Zuloaga, F. O. & O. Morrone, eds. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de la República Argentina. I. Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae y Angiospermae (Monocotyledonae), II. Dicotyledonae. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 60, 74. (L Argent)

Check other web resources for Talinum fruticosum (L.) Juss. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 May 2018.