911.000 Tradescantia L.

RHOEO Hance

SETCREASEA K. Schum. & Sidow

ZEBRINA Schnizl.

Description of the genus

Herbs, some erect, others prostrate and mat-forming. Inflorescences mostly terminal, composed of fused pairs of cymes, subtended by paired boat-shaped bracts. Flowers bisexual, radially symmetric. Sepals 3. Petals 3, usually free, sometimes united, blue-violet, mauve, pink or white. Stamens 6, all fertile and ± similar. Ovary 3-locular with (1-)2 ovules in each loculus. Fruit a dehiscent capsule.

Derivation of name: Named after John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I, who died c.1638

Comment: This concept of Tradescantia includes the genera Rhoeo, Setcreasea and Zebrina, following D.R. Hunt in the European Garden Flora.

Worldwide: 70 species in America

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Tradescantia zebrina

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
fluminensis Vell.EImage
pallida (Rose) HuntCImage
zebrina BosseEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Tradescantia:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Tradescantia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tradescantia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tradescantia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tradescantia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tradescantia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tradescantia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tradescantia
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Tradescantia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Tradescantia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1729, retrieved 1 October 2016

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