- n Montia small genus of densely tufted annual herbs; north temperate regions and South America and tropical Africa and Asia
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n montia A genus which comprises several species (about 20) of small herbs of the family Portulacaceæ, some of which are often referred to Claytonia. The species are American. The winter purslane (M. perfoliata) is sometimes grown as a pot-herb, and it also runs wild in waste places. It is a tufted herb with edible, radical leaves, and a scape bearing a cluster of small white flowers, and beneath the flowers a leaf-like cup: native to the western side of the continent.