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 (fide Dict Gard, as T. triangulare)
  • Human food: vegetable (fide Pl Res SEAs 8:268. 1993, as T. triangulare; F NAmer)
  • Weed: (fide Econ Pl Aust, as T. triangulare)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Paraguay ; Uruguay

  • Native

  • Northern America

    • Mexico
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • 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
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Ecuador ; Peru

  • Naturalized



  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. et al. Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78:1-581. (F St John)
  • Boggan, J. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas, ed. 2. 1997 (L Guianas ed2)
  • Brummitt, R. K. 1988. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta: 35 (Taxon) 37:445.
  • Dubs, B. Prodromus florae matogrossensis. Botany of Mato Grosso, series B, no. 3. (L Mato Grosso)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • 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)
  • Görts-van Rijn, A. R. A., ed. Flora of the Guianas. (F Guianas)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. (F Guat)
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. (F VenGuay)
  • 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.
  • 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.