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: 8 cultivated taxa.

Tradescantia fluminensis

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

SpeciesContent
fluminensis Vell.Description, Image
pallida (Rose) HuntDescription, Image
sillamontana Matuda
spathacea Sw.
virginiana L.Image
zanonia (L.) Sw.
zebrina BosseDescription, Image
× andersoniana W. Ludw. & Rohweder

Other sources of information about Tradescantia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tradescantia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tradescantia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tradescantia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tradescantia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Tradescantia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tradescantia
JSTOR Plant Science: Tradescantia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tradescantia
Plants of the World Online: Tradescantia
Tropicos: Tradescantia
Wikipedia: Tradescantia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Tradescantia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1729, retrieved 24 June 2024

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