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Taxon: Montia fontana L.

Genus: Montia
Family: Montiaceae. Also placed in: Portulacaceae
Nomen number: 24566
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:87. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 04-Apr-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Apr-2003
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northern Africa: Morocco
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Zaire [e.]
    Western Asia: Turkey
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Buryatia [s.], Irkutsk [s.], Yakutia-Sakha [n.]
    Malesia: Indonesia - Irian Jaya; Papua New Guinea
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales [s.e.], South Australia [s.], Tasmania, Victoria
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Switzerland
    East Europe: Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Russian Federation - Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Komi, Leningrad, Moscow, Murmansk, Nenets, Novgorod, Tver, Vologda, Yaroslavl
    Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Romania
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Subarctic America: Canada - Northwest Territory, Yukon Territory; Greenland; United States - Alaska
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec; St. Pierre and Miquelon
    Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia, Manitoba
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California, Nevada, Utah
    Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • naturalized elsewhere


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles. BSBI taxon database (on-line resource).
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Fedorov, A. A., ed. 1974–. Florae partis europaeae URSS.
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. 1984–. Med-Checklist.
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. 1990. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11.
  • Jalas, J. & J. Suominen. 1972–. Atlas florae europaeae.
  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75.
  • Krasnoborov, I. M., ed. 2000–. Flora of Siberia (English translation).
  • Sotek, Z. et al. 2003. The distribution of Montia fontana L. (Portulacaceae) in Poland. Acta Soc. Bot. Poloniae 72:45–51.
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. 1948–. Flora malesiana.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  • Zuloaga, F. O. & O. Morrone, eds. 1996. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de la República Argentina. I. Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae y Angiospermae (Monocotyledonae), II. Dicotyledonae. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 60, 74., 1999


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