Tradescantia zebrina Bosse

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Tradescantia zebrina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

Tradescantia zebrina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

Tradescantia zebrina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

Tradescantia zebrina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

Tradescantia zebrina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Zebrina pendula Schnizl.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Naturalised
Description:
Creeping, sprawling herb, rooting at the nodes, Leaves 7 - 10 cm long, lanceolate-elliptic, sheathing at the base, slightly fleshy, above dark purple-green with broad silvery-grey bands along the length on each side of the mid rib; purple-red beneath. Flowers in pairs, 10-15 mm in diameter, bright mauve pink.
Notes: The sap of this plant can cause skin irritation.
Derivation of specific name: zebrina: zebra-striped, referring to the pale striped variegated leaves.
Habitat: Frequently cultivated as a ground cover in shaded gardens and occasionally escaping in high rainfall areas in shady disturbed ground.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to Eastern Mexico.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 25 February 2012
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tradescantia zebrina

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African Plant Database: Tradescantia zebrina
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Tradescantia zebrina
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tradescantia zebrina
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tradescantia zebrina
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tradescantia zebrina
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Tradescantia zebrina
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tradescantia zebrina
Ispot Southern Africa : Tradescantia zebrina
JSTOR Plant Science: Tradescantia zebrina
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tradescantia zebrina
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Tradescantia zebrina
Tropicos: Tradescantia zebrina
West African Plants database: Tradescantia zebrina


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: Species information: Tradescantia zebrina.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=163900, retrieved 31 May 2016

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