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Taxon: Tradescantia zebrina hort. ex Bosse

Genus: Tradescantia
Family: Commelinaceae
Subfamily: Commelinoideae
Tribe: Tradescantieae
Subtribe: Tradescantiinae
Nomen number: 319763
Place of publication: Vollst. Handb. Bl.-gärtn. ed. 2, 4:655. 1849 May (G. Heynhold, Alph. Aufz. Gew. 735. 1847 , nom. nud.)
Link to protologue:
Comment: lack of valid publication by Heynhold verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 07-Nov-2002 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 2 (1 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • inchplant  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • wandering-Jew  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • Silber-Dreimasterblume  (Source: Zander Ency) - German

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental
  • Weed:

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • Mexico

    Cultivated (also cult.)

    Naturalized (natzd. elsewhere)


  1. CIBA-GEIGY, Basel, Switzerland. Documenta CIBA-GEIGY (Grass weeds 1. 1980, 2. 1981; Monocot weeds 3. 1982; Dicot weeds 1. 1988) Note: four books on weeds worldwide in scope
  2. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  3. Faden, R. B. 2001. The Commelinaceae of northeast Tropical Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya): Diversity and phytogeography. Biol. Skr. 54:231.
  4. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America. Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina hort. ex Bosse
  5. Howard, R. 1974-1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina hort.; = Zebrina pendula Schinzl.
  6. Hunt, D. 1983. New names in Commelinaceae. American Commelinaceae: 11.. Kew Bull. 38:133. Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina hort. ex Bosse
  7. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina hort. ex Bosse
  8. Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75 Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina hort. ex Bosse
  9. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. Note: = Zebrina pendula
  10. Stevens, W. D. et al., eds. 2001. Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(1-3). Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina Heynh.
  11. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora. Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina Bosse
  12. Wunderlin, R. & B. Hansen. Atlas of Florida vascular plants (on-line resource). Note: lists as Tradescantia zebrina Bosse

Check other web resources for Tradescantia zebrina hort. ex Bosse :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?319763. Accessed 3 June 2020.