Scientists have discovered a new species called Portulaca laljii. This is a wild sun rose found in the Eastern Ghats. Portulaca lajii was found in the Prakasam area of Andhra Pradesh.
♦ The unique characteristics are as follows:
Tuberous root. The root is the storage root. It is enlarged and serves as a storage organ, No hair in its leaf axis, Reddish Pink flowers, Prolate-shaped fruits, Copper brown seeds, matt (soft light)
♦ It is named after Lal Ji Singh. He is a well-known botanist from the Botanical Survey of India. This species has been included in the “Insufficient Data” category of the IUCN Endangered Species List.
♦ The flowers of Portulaca lajii are pinkish-red, about 0.5 mm per minute. These plants were found in crevices in rocks at an altitude of 1800 meters. Because they bloom in bright sunshine, they are classified as “the sun rose”.
♦ The flowers of these plants are very attractive and have high gardening value. They bloom between June and February.
♦ Portulaca lajii has tuberous roots and succulent properties that allow it to survive on the rock surface. Generally, plants with thickened parts that can retain moisture in dry soils or climates are called succulent plants.
♦ The sun rose plant is also called rock rose. There are 80 to 100 kinds of the sun rose plants. They are low-growing flowering plants. The plant bloomed in the sun. These plants are native to the Cape Province of South Africa. However, they are widely used as ornamental plants all over the world.