Callisia repens L.

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Callisia repens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zona Tea Estates, near Mt Selinda

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Common names: Creeping inch plant (English)
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Cultivated and rarely escaping
A perennial, prostrate, creeping herb with purplish stems, rooting at the nodes and often forming dense mats. Stems much branched, producing roots at their nodes. Leaves 1-4 cm long, usually green with numerous tiny purple spots, and purple beneath; densely clustered along the stems. Flowers white, small, arranged in clusters.
Notes: Planted in gardens for ground cover and in hanging baskets and very rarely escaping in Zimbabwe. Recorded as an escape in South Africa (Bromilow, 2010).
Derivation of specific name: repens: creeping
Habitat: Disturbed ground
Altitude range: (metres) 850 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of Central and South America and the West Indies; cultivated elsewhere and occasionally becoming naturalised.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 16 August 2014

Bromilow, C. (2010). Problem Plants and Alien Weeds of South Africa Briza Publications, South Africa Page 325. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Callisia repens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Callisia repens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Callisia repens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Callisia repens
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iNaturalist: Callisia repens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Callisia repens
JSTOR Plant Science: Callisia repens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Callisia repens
Plants of the World Online: Callisia repens
Tropicos: Callisia repens
Wikipedia: Callisia repens

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: Species information: Callisia repens., retrieved 22 June 2024

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