Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.

Wandering Trad

Fl. Flumin. 140 ; 3: t.152 (1835) (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial glabrous herb; stems prostrate, often ascending at tips, rooting at nodes. Leaves ovate to narrow-ovate, 3–5.5 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, green above and below. Flowers pedicellate; sepals 5–7 mm long, green; petals broadly ovate to elliptic, 7–10 mm long, white; stamens free, filaments white, bearded, with numerous long, moniliform hairs attached at base of filament. (See genus description for further details). Flowers Sep.–Feb.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Widely cultivated in the eastern States, New Zealand and South Africa where sometimes escaping, particularly in damp, shaded areas.

One of its vernacular names (Wandering Jew) is the same as that used for Tradescantia zebrina Bosse (syn. Zebrina pendula Schnizl.) which is cultivated for its purple leaves.

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 (as Tradescantia albiflora Kunth).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Commelinales
family Commelinaceae
genus Tradescantia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Tradescantia fluminensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tradescantia fluminensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales