African Plant Database

Tradescantia L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 288 (1753)
Notes : genus place holder: the genus is not present in Madagascar
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Rhoeo Hance
=Zebrina Schnizl.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herbs with sessile leaves; inflorescence composed of paired sessile cymes, each pair subtended by spathes; stamens 6, fertile; fruit a capsule.
Ecology : Some 60 species
  N., C. and S. America, West Indies. Four taxa are in cultivation in our area.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 7: 115 (2012).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Eur. 5: 116 (1980).
  • Dobignard, A. & C. Chatelain (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques Ville de Genève. hors-série. 1: 102
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
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Record n°195545 modified 2008-12-27
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