Taxon: Callisia repens (Jacq.) L.

Genus: Callisia
Family: Commelinaceae
  Subfamily: Commelinoideae
      Tribe: Tradescantieae
        Subtribe: Tradescantiinae
Nomen number: 404328
Place of publication: Sp. pl. ed. 2, 1:62. 1762
Name Verified on: 21-Mar-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-Mar-2007
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide V. C. Baligar, pers. comm.)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Environmental: soil improver (fide V. C. Baligar, pers. comm.)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Nuevo Leon, - San Luis Potosi, - Sinaloa, - Tamaulipas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Hidalgo, - Jalisco, - Morelos, - Puebla, - Quintana Roo, - Tabasco, - Veracruz
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Dominica; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Puerto Rico; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Virgin Islands (British) - Tortola; Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • Central America: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Naturalized:

  • Northern America

    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida, - Louisiana

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Boggan, J. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas, ed. 2. 1997 (L Guianas ed2)
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  • McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. 1983- (F NGalicia)
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