Common name: Tahitian Bridal Veil
Gibasis pellucida (M.Martens & Galeotti) D.R.Hunt APNI*
Synonyms: Tradescantia pellucida M.Martens & Galeotti APNI*
Description: Trailing herb to 10 cm high, rooting at nodes.
Leaves lanceolate-oblong, 4.5–7 cm long, 1.4–2.3 cm wide; sheaths with long hairs at the opening and along the suture.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary, made up of pairs of pedunculate cymes; peduncles of cymes 1.7–2.5 cm; bracteoles overlapping. Flowers: sepals keeled 2.5–3 mm long, glabrous; petals white, c. 4 mm long; filaments bearded.
Capsules ovoid, 2.5 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised in the Winmalee and Yellow Rock areas (Central Coast) and the Lake Macquarie area (North Coast). Recorded as a weed of citrus groves and waste places in Florida (U.S.A.). Native to Mexico and Central America.
Naturalised in sclerophyll forest in higher rainfall areas where it is spreading from plant pieces amongst dumped garden waste.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Text by P.G. Wilson (2012)
Taxon concept: R. Faden in Flora of North America, vol. 22.
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