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Taxon: Tradescantia spathacea Sw.

 
Genus: Tradescantia
Family: Commelinaceae
Subfamily: Commelinoideae
Tribe: Tradescantieae
Subtribe: Tradescantiinae
Nomen number: 317804
Place of publication: Prodr. 57. 1788
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 19-Nov-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 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:

  • boat-lily  (Source: Kew Bull) - English
  • Moses-in-the-cradle  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • oysterplant  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • purpurblättrige Dreimasterblume  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • blomstervagga  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Zander ed14; R. Faden, pers. comm. 1996;) ornamental
  • Vertebrate poisons:
  • Weed:

Distributional Range:

    Native

    Northern America
    • SOUTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatán]

    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Belize, Guatemala


    Cultivated (widely cult.)

    Naturalized

    Africa
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Seychelles

    Asia-Temperate
    • CHINA: China (s.e.)

    Asia-Tropical
    • MALESIA: Philippines

    Northern America
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Florida, Louisiana]

    Pacific
    • NORTH-CENTRAL PACIFIC: United States [Hawaii]
    • NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Micronesia
    • SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Fiji

    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, United States [Puerto Rico]
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Honduras, Nicaragua
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Ecuador, Peru


References:

  1. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson. 2012. Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource) URL: www.skud.info
  2. Davidse, G. et al., eds. 1994. Flora mesoamericana.
  3. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  4. Faden, R. B. 1996. pers. comm. Note: re. common names
  5. Faden, R. B. 2000. Commelinaceae. Flora of North America. 22:185-186. Note: introduced
  6. Govaerts, R. World checklist of selected plant families (on-line resource).
  7. Howard, R. 1974-1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. Note: = Rhoeo spathacea
  8. Hunt, D. R. 1986. Campelia, Rhoeo and Zebrina united with Tradescantia: American Commelinaceae: XIII. Kew Bull. 41:401.
  9. Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann. 1985. AMA handbook of poisonous and injurious plants
  10. Weber, E. 2003. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds
  11. Wunderlin, R. & B. Hansen. Atlas of Florida vascular plants (on-line resource).

Check other web resources for Tradescantia spathacea Sw. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • 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?id=317804. Accessed 18 February 2020.