A woody-stemmed plant, the purslane-leaved aizoon (Aizoon canariense) has characteristic zig-zagging branches which radiate from the centre of the plant in a star shape (3). This species is an annual or a perennial herb (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) which grows by creeping along the ground (1) (6). The purslane-leaved aizoon is covered in fine, velvety hairs (1) (2) (5).
The fleshy, bright green leaves of the purslane-leaved aizoon are approximately two centimetres in length, and have a slightly pointed tip, curled edges, and taper at the base (3).
The purslane-leaved aizoon has tiny, yellowish-green flowers (3) (7), which usually grow singly (1) (5), although they may occur in a branched arrangement (6).
The pentagonal or star-shaped fruit (2) of the purslane-leaved aizoon is usually red or pink (2) (7), and measures between five and nine millimetres in length (2) (6). The fruit is depressed in the centre (2) (6), and is capable of remaining on a dead plant for a long period of time (6).
The purslane-leaved aizoon produces black, shiny, kidney-shaped seeds (1) (2) (3) (5) (8) which are found in woody, star-shaped capsules (3).
- Length of stem: up to 40 cm (2)