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Family: PORTULACACEAE 

 Talinum galapagosum
 

First the flowers, then leaves.

  
Author:  Mark A. Hershkovitz 1991
Family:  Portulacaceae
Habitat:  San Cristóbal, Galapagos, Ecuador
Soil:  Grit/Perlite
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  120-150 centimetres
Flower:  White-Pink
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  -
Synonyms: 

Calandrinia galapagosa, H. St. John 1937

Got it from:  Amsterdam..
Year:  2004

Plant on San Cristobal, Galapagos.

Plant in Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

Habitat on San Cristobal.

Stem of very old plant.

Average plant, 100 centimetres tall.

Old plant, covered in lichen..

  

This very endangered member of the Portulacaceae family was given this name by Mark A. Hershkovitz in 1991. It is found only on the Galapagos island San Cristóbal, down south, living in nine small areas on the slopes of a volcano. It grows in the well-drained volcanic soil on a steep hill, receiving some water and some to lots of sun. The flowers are white to pink, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and by cuttings. Best results in culture have been in pure perlite and under-heated.

Although a detailed morphological study is still required, it has been suggested that Talinum galapagosum/Calandrinia galapagosa could consist of two or three distinct taxonomic groups: A white morph (white flowers and green leaves), a pink morph (pink flowers and violet leaves) and an intermediate morph (pinkish-white flowers, greenish-violet leaves). The populations are found with quite some distance in-between.

Wild flower.

Flower in Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

Wild flower.

Leaves red due to draught stress.

Normal leaves.

Growing in bare lava rock.

Habitat on San Cristobal.