The Galápagos Finch

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Finch Hawk Owl Cactus Chamaesyce Portulaca Tribulus Weather Station
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Scientific name: Portulaca howelli

The portulaca grows on small rocky islets. Its stems are thick and fleshy. The portulaca has oblong leaves, up to 3 cm long. In the wet season, it has large yellow flowers, up to 4 cm wide when fully open. In the dry season, the green leaves turn a red color.

Portulaca in the wet season. (Photo, Barry Soames)

Portulaca during the dry season, Plaza Island, Galápagos. (Photo, Irene Weisner)

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Properties of Seeds

Seed Length 1.0 mm
Seed Volume 1.8 mm
Seed Rigidity Soft

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