Tradescantia pallida (Rose) Hunt

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Tradescantia pallida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Tradescantia pallida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Tradescantia pallida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Setcreasea pallida Rose
Setcreasea purpurea Boom
Common names:
Status: Cultivated and rarely escaping
Decumbent creeping herb with slightly fleshy stems and leaves. Leaves linear-lanceolate to narrowly ovate, boat-shaped and folded along the length, narrowing at the base to a pseudo-petiole clasping the stems, glaucous green tinged with purple in the wild. Flowers held in the axils of the upper leaves with 3 equal tepals, white, pink or purple. Plants most commonly seen in our region are cultivars called 'Purpurea' with stems and leaves entirely deep purple. The flowers are normally sterile but plants easily taak root from small discarded cuttings which may lead to occasional records of escaped, semi-naturalised plants.
Notes: Commonly cultivated in gardens and rarely found as a naturalised escape.
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Habitat: In roadside ditch
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Worldwide distribution: Native in Eastern Mexico.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Flora of Mozambique: Tradescantia pallida
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Tradescantia pallida
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tradescantia pallida

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tradescantia pallida
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Tradescantia pallida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tradescantia pallida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tradescantia pallida
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Tradescantia pallida
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Tradescantia pallida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tradescantia pallida
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Tradescantia pallida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tradescantia pallida
Ispot Southern Africa: Tradescantia pallida
JSTOR Plant Science: Tradescantia pallida
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tradescantia pallida
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Tradescantia pallida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tradescantia pallida
The Plant List (version 1.1): Tradescantia pallida
Tropicos: Tradescantia pallida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tradescantia pallida., retrieved 17 December 2017

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