Tradescantia pallida (Rose) Hunt

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Tradescantia pallida

Photo: Paul Lyons
Along Avenida Friedrich Engels near Rua de Sidano, Maputo

Tradescantia pallida

Photo: Paul Lyons
Along Avenida Friedrich Engels near Rua de Sidano, Maputo

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Synonyms: Setcreasea pallida Rose
Setcreasea purpurea Boom
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Description: Decumbent creeping herb with slightly fleshy stems and leaves. Leaves linear-lanceolate to narrowly ovate, boat-shaped and folded along the length, narrowing at the base to a pseudo-petiole clasping the stems, glaucous green tinged with purple in the wild. Flowers held in the axils of the upper leaves with 3 equal tepals, white, pink or purple. Plants most commonly seen in our region are cultivars called 'Purpurea' with stems and leaves entirely deep purple. The flowers are normally sterile but plants easily taak root from small discarded cuttings which may lead to occasional records of escaped, semi-naturalised plants.
Notes: Commonly cultivated in gardens and rarely found as a naturalised escape.
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Worldwide distribution: Native in Eastern Mexico.
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Content last updated: Friday 1 September 2017

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Flora of Mozambique: Tradescantia pallida
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tradescantia pallida
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tradescantia pallida

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tradescantia pallida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tradescantia pallida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tradescantia pallida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tradescantia pallida
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iNaturalist: Tradescantia pallida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tradescantia pallida
JSTOR Plant Science: Tradescantia pallida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tradescantia pallida
Plants of the World Online: Tradescantia pallida
Tropicos: Tradescantia pallida
Wikipedia: Tradescantia pallida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Tradescantia pallida., retrieved 10 December 2023

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