Portulaca oleracea | Purslane (Pt 2 of 2)

By | August 21, 2012

MNEMONIC EXPLAINED: Vividly imagine seeing a group (many branches; creeping along the ground; mat-like) of oar (oar-shaped leaves) snakes (stems and leaves are thick, succulent and fleshy like snakes [this is a snake plant not a skinny worm plant]). They have torn a lemon (flowers are yellow) apart. Some are eating it (flowers develop where the “stalkless” leaf meets the stem [this “Y” section represents the snake’s mouth with the yellow/lemon inside of it]) while others are passing it (after the snakes eat the lemon they poop the lemon and the lemon poop piles up at the tail [this reminds you that yellow flowers can also be found in clusters at the end of branches/snakes]). When they spot you they rise up (plant grows up to 6 inches tall [about average for a rising snake I guess]) and try to bite, so you take your knife and chop the snakes in half. Now watch until the very last drop of blood (stems are reddish) and lemon juice (this plant can be distinguished from it’s look-alike by it’s clear sap [not milky]) drains out (after the snakes have been drained of it’s blood and lemon juice, the skin is no longer reddish but is green now [this reminds you that the stems/snakes can also appear green.

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