oysterplant, Moses-in-the-cradle, boatlily, Moses-in-a-boat, Moses-in-the-bulrushes, men-in-a-boat, boat lily, boat plant; 
  

Herbs perennial. Stems erect, often forming colonies, simple, glabrous. Leaves alternate, sometimes seemingly spirally arranged, sessile; leaf sheath sometimes pilose at mouth; leaf blade dark green adaxially, purple abaxially, oblong-lanceolate, 20-40 × 3–6 cm, glabrous, somewhat fleshy, base narrowed and semiclasping, apex acuminate. Flowers in axillary, pedunculate, simple or forked, many-flowered umbels subtended by 2 large, conduplicate, ovate bracts to 3 cm. Petals white, ovate, 5–8 mm, apex abruptly acute. Seeds rugose. (Ref. Flora of China)
Flowering: Always
Distribution: Naturalized all over world. Native to Caribbean region and Central America. Widely cultivated as an ornamental in India.  

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Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Commelinales, Tradescantia spathacea from Delhi: Commelinales & Zingiberales Week: Commelinales, Tradescantia spathacea Sw,,  Prodr. 57. 1788
Syn: Rhoeo discolor (L’Hér.) Hance
       Rhoeo spathacea (Sw.) Stearn
      Tradescantia discolor L’Hér.

Another common garden ornamental grown in pots and baskets in Delhi, with long red leaves and white flowers enclosed in large spathaceous bracts  in the axils of leaves. Formerly known as Rhoeo discolor.
Common Names: boat-lily, moses-in-the-cradle, oysterplant 



Tradescantia spathacea Swartz, Prodr. 57. 1788; Rhoeo discolor (L’Héritier) Hance; R. spathacea (Swartz) Stearn; Tradescantia discolor L’Héritier. ‘Boat lily, Moses-in-a-boat, Oyster lily’
Herbs perennial. Stems erect, often forming colonies, simple, glabrous. Leaves alternate, sometimes seemingly spirally arranged, sessile; leaf sheath sometimes pilose at mouth; leaf blade dark green adaxially, purple abaxially, oblong-lanceolate, 20-40 × 3–6 cm, glabrous, somewhat fleshy, base narrowed and semiclasping, apex acuminate. Flowers in axillary, pedunculate, simple or forked, many-flowered umbels subtended by 2 large, conduplicate, ovate bracts to 3 cm. Petals white, ovate, 5–8 mm, apex abruptly acute. Seeds rugose. (Ref. Flora of China)
Flowering: Always
Distribution: Naturalized all over world. Native to Caribbean region and Central America. Widely cultivated as an ornamental in India.
Note: The flower and leaf is used as folk medicine. This plant is also known as Rhoeo discolor and more frequently in the horticulture trade as Rhoeo spathacea.


Ring chromosome in this plant plant makes it quite unique to the scientific world


Very common border plant in Chennai Gardens.


Mines from Arya PG College Campus Shot Today 

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Help ID: Can any boy help id this pot plant? 


Tradescantia spathacea
Also called Rhoeo spathacea or Rhoeo discolor….


We used this plant to study meiosis in pollen this plant has characteristic ring chromosome


Am not much sure but, I don’t think the plant is Tradescantia spathacea Sw. (Rhoeo discolor (L’Hér.) Hance) which is widely grown as an ornamental plant in India that develops an unusual ring of chromosomes during meiosis due to multiple translocations.
However, one more plant which exactly looks like Tradescantia spathacea Sw. is common in our area. I have never seen that plant in flowering, which shows an unsual branching branching pattern, which develops offshoots near by and forms a cluster in short time. Leaves are also different from that of Rhoeo discolor ( the circumscription of the genus is still a matter of debate among taxonomists..??? However, according to the latest plant checklist the correct name is Tradescantia spathacea) and I think, the photo belongs to that plant.. I am not much sure about the status of this plant, which might be, another “exotic” species or another variety of the genus, according to my guide. We have a plant in our garden and still we are looking for flowers, as they are continuosly giving offshoots only as  a mode of  multiplication. Chandanji, please let us know if you find any flowers…!!!
And also if anyone have idea about the circumscription of this plant, please share…..!!


Tradescantia spathacea 


Is this Tradescantia?
Would appreciate your help to Id this potted plant in a private society at Pune
leaves green on the upper surface and purple below
boat shaped bracts with pink buds and white flowers with yellow anthers. Look like small butterflies. A lot of hair on the stamens. I could not make out fruits probably in IMG_2062


This is rather Tradescantia spathacea (syn: Rhoeo discolor)


Flora of Panipat: Tradescantia spathacea from Arya PG College Panipat Haryana: Tradescantia spathacea from Arya PG College Panipat Haryana
Pls Validate

Yes Tradescantia spathacea (syn: Rhoeo discolor)


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151211 BRS269: Pl. find the attacheds file contain photos for id. request.

Location: GVD Textiles, Air Port, Coimbatore
Date: 14.12.2011
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Herb


Flowers in the second photograph look like Tradescantia spathacea (Rhoeo discolor) but not leaves in the first photograph.


Tradescantia spathacea.


The flowers looks Tradescantia spathacea. This is mine from Odisha


04/06/2013. requesting identification of this ornamental at a housing society garden at Pune


Tradescantia spathacea ‘Variegata’
Variegated Moses-in-the-Cradle seen at the Lalbagh Nursery on 23/11/13.


Lovely colors …


 

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Saw a new color of this ornamental, cultivated plant on 23/11/13 at the Lalbagh Nursery.


This could be Tradescantia spathacea with common names

Moses-in-a-Basket, Golden Rhoeo ‘Sitara Gold’ as in Daves Garden. 


Sorry small correction

Tradescantia spathacea ‘Sitara Gold’.


 

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Fwd: Moka.. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)  
Is it any different specie of Tradescantia/ Rheo? 


Tradescantia species so far in efi


This should be green hybrid of Tradescantia spathacea Sw. sometimes also known as T. spathacea ‘Concolor’.


Rhoeo is currently reduced to a section of Tradescantia.


 

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SK585 21 JUN-2017:ID : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Kurintar, Nepal
Date: 7 April  2017
Altitude: 900 ft.
Cultivated!

I think close to images at Tradescantia spathacea Sw.


Yes, it is tradescancea spathasea.


 

 

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SK1688 01 Jan 2018 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- around 800 kb each. 
Location: Kulalumpur, Malyasia
Date: 1 March 2013
Altitude: 66 m.

Habit : Cultivated

Tradescantia spathacea Sw. ??

SK1688 01 Jan 2019

To me also appears close to images at 


Yes, it appears to be Tradescantia spathacea!!

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