Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.
  • Vell., Fl. Flumin. 3: 140, t. 152 (1829)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Stems procumbent or decumbent, rooting at the nodes. Leaves 3-6 cm, broadly ovate, acute, rather fleshy, usually purplish beneath, glabrous except for some cilia at the mouth of the sheath. Cymes few-flowered; pedicels 1-2 cm, slender. Sepals up to 9 mm, lanceolate, glabrous except for pubescent midrib. Petals up to 12 mm, narrowly ovate, white or pale lilac.


Naturalized in shady places in S.W. Europe.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
  • Introduced distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil South
  • Brazil Southeast
  • Southern South America Argentina Northeast
  • Argentina Northwest
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay
  • Western South America Bolivia
Introduced into
  • Africa Macaronesia Azores
  • Canary Is.
  • Madeira
  • Middle Atlantic Ocean St.Helena
  • Northern Africa Morocco
  • Southern Africa KwaZulu-Natal
  • Northern Provinces
  • Swaziland
  • Antarctic Subantarctic Islands Tristan da Cunha
  • Asia-Temperate Caucasus Transcaucasus
  • Eastern Asia Taiwan
  • Australasia Australia New South Wales
  • Norfolk Is.
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Europe Southeastern Europe Italy
  • Southwestern Europe Corse
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Northern America Southeastern U.S.A. Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Southwestern U.S.A. California
  • Southern America Western South America Galápagos


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WCS higher taxonomy
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