Tradescantia L.

Named for John Tradescant (1608–1662), gardener to Charles I of England.

Perennial, branched, erect or spreading herbs. Inflorescences mostly terminal paired cymes subtended by paired bracts. Flowers radially symmetrical. Sepals 3 free. Petals 3 free or united basally, blue-violet. purple, pink or white. Stamens 6. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. [Rhoeo Walp., Zebrina Schnizl., Setcreasea Sydow]

Several species are decorative foliage plants for the house or greenhouse.

About 65 species from North and South America. 3 species are naturalised in Australia.

Hunt (1988), Audas & Morris (1925), Conran (1994).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Commelinaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Commelinales
family       Commelinaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Tradescantia cerinthoides Kunth
species         Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.
species         Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
species         Tradescantia sillamontana Matuda
species         Tradescantia spathacea Sw.
species         Tradescantia virginiana L.
species         Tradescantia zebrina Bosse