Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.

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Tradescantia fluminensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tradescantia fluminensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Tradescantia fluminensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Tradescantia albiflora Kunth
Tradescantia laekenensis L.H.Bailey & E.Z.Bailey
Common names: Inch plant (English) River spiderwort (English) Small-leaved spiderwort (English) Wandering gypsy (English) Wandering Jew (English) Wandering trad (English) Wandering willie (English)
Description: Spreading prostrate perennial with soft, hairless stems rooting at the nodes. Leaves oblong-elliptic, 32–64 mm long, hairless dark-green, shiny, slightly fleshy. Flowers in small clusters, white, 13–25 mm in diameter with with three equal petals.
Notes: This fleshy, creeping species has become locally naturalised in the Vumba. It was absolutely rampant on our property (Ndundu Lodge) and did escape onto the forest floor. I also clearly remember it escaped all over the forest near Genaina Lodge. (Bart Wursten, in litt., 2014).
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Worldwide distribution: Native to tropical South America, cultivated in gardens and escaping elsewhere in the tropics where it may become invasive.
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Bromilow, C. (2010). Problem Plants and Alien Weeds of South Africa Briza Publications, South Africa Page 327. (Includes a picture).

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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: Species information: Tradescantia fluminensis., retrieved 24 July 2024

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