Tradescantia cerinthoides Kunth

Creeping or ascending branching herb. Leaves elliptic-oblong to narrowly ovate, to 15 cm green above. purple and densely hairy below. Inflorescence terminal and axillary from upper nodes; year round. Bracts unequal, leaf-like. Sepals free, purplish, hairy. Petals free, pink, white basally. Stamens white, bearded. [T. blossfeldiana Mildbr.]


A variegated form is also grown. The species was described from cultivated material and is closely allied to T. fluminensis.

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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Commelinales
family       Commelinaceae
genus        Tradescantia L.