Tradescantia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial glabrous herbs, trailing and rooting at nodes (T. fluminensis) or branches erect. Leaves with basal sheath hyaline, 5–10 mm long, ciliate distally; petiole up to c. 2 mm long; lamina ovate to narrowly ovate, 3–6.5 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, green above and below, glossy. Inflorescence subtended by 2 unequal leaf-like bracts. Sepals green, 6–8 mm long, ± hairy along outer midrib; petals spreading, white, 7–10 mm long, delicate; stamens 6. Fruit a 3-chambered capsule usually with 6 seeds.

65 species from the Americas, 1 naturalised in Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Commelinaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Commelinales
family Commelinaceae
Higher taxa
genus Tradescantia
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