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Moss rose is a prostrate, trailing, multi-branched annual plant with semi succulent stems and leaves. It reaches about 15 cm tall with a spread of 30,5 cm. The leaves are cylindrical, about 1,6 long, and pointed on the tips. The roselike flowers are about 3,6 cm across and are borne on the stem tips, opening only during bright sunlight and closing at night or on cloudy days. Originally from the hot, dry plains of southern Brazil, Uruguay and northern Argentina, moss rose is cultivated throughout the world as a favorite garden annual.
La portulaca es una planta anual rastrera con múltiples ramas y tallos y hojas semi-suculentas. Alcanza una altura de 15 cm y llega a dispersarse hasta los 30,5 cm. Las hojas son cilíndricas,alrededor de 1,6 cm y punteadas. Las flores semejantes a rosas son de 3,6 cm de ancho y surgen de los extremos de los tallos, abriéndose sólo durante la luz solar intensa y manteniéndose cerradas durante la noche o los días nublados. Originaria de las planicies del sur de Brasil, Uruguay y el norte Argentino, la portulaca es cultivada alrededor del mundo como una planta anual de jardín.

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