Callisia fragrans (Lindl.) Woodson, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 29: 154 1942. (syn. Rectanthera fragrans (Lindl.) O.Deg.; Spironema fragrans Lindl.; Spironema orthandrum Lindb.);
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Herbs, perennial, robust, stoloniferous. Stems ascending, bromeliadlike, to 1 m. Leaves spirally arranged; blade oblong to lanceolate-oblong, 15–30 ´ 2.5–5cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), apex acuminate, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal, panicles to 30 cm or longer. Flowers fragrant, subsessile; petals white, lanceolate, 6 mm; stamens 6, long-exserted, connectives white, broad, flaglike; filaments glabrous; ovary 3-locular, stigma penicillate. Capsules 3-locular.
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Commelinales and Zingiberales Week: Commelinaceae: Callisia fragrans:
Callisia fragrans (Lindl.) Woodson in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 29(3): 154. 1942. Spironema fragrans Lindl.  Edwards’s Botanical Register 26: pl. 47. 1840. Rectanthera fragrans (Lindl.) O. Deg. Flora Hawaiensis 1: 62. 1932.
Herbs, perennial, robust, stoloniferous. Stems ascending, bromeliadlike, to 1 m. Leaves spirally arranged; blade oblong to lanceolate-oblong, 15–30 ´ 2.5–5cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), apex acuminate, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal, panicles to 30 cm or longer. Flowers fragrant, subsessile; petals white, lanceolate, 6 mm; stamens 6, long-exserted, connectives white, broad, flaglike; filaments glabrous; ovary 3-locular, stigma penicillate. Capsules 3-locular.
Distribution: Introduced for its beautiful foliage or domestic use, nursery purposes not naturalized.


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efloraofindia:”For Id 15042013MR1’’ ornamental plant with variegated leaves at Pune : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 1 author.
Mar 2013
requesting identification of a small ornamental plant with variegated leaves at a hsng soc garden at Pune. No flowers or fruits were seen

this is Callisia fragrans, (Commelinaceae)



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Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Zingiberaceae- Costus speciosus? from Delhi for validation-GSAUG26 : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
Another plant photographed from Herbal Garden Hamdard University with leaves much narrower and different from other two uploads. Pl help in ID 

It is not a member of Costus even costaceae.


Thanks … Yes, In Indian Flora (Facebook) members are suggesting from Hedychium, Kaempheria to even Tradescantia.


There is no chance for any gingers, it is not coming under the family Zingiberaceae


Most probably it belongs to the family Commelinaceae, Perhaps Tradescantia sp?


This could be Callisia fragrans (Lindl.) Woodson (Commelinaceae) also known as Basket plant or Chain Plant. 


Thanks … for the correct identity.


Thanks … and … for solving the confusion.



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in my garden ,request ID 221109 SS 1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


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Identify please.: 2 images.
Cultivated plant.

Ismailpur bijnor Uttar Pradesh
Date 24 03 2022


Mine also ID pending !


It is identified as Callisia fragrans..


Sir it’s Callisia fragrans, commonly known as the basket plant, is a species of the genus Callisia, in the family Commelinaceae.



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