Common name: Flowering Inch Plant
Tradescantia cerinthoides Kunth APNI*
Synonyms: Tradescantia blossfeldiana Mildbr. APNI*
Description: Herbaceous perennial with prostrate stems rooting at the nodes.
Leaves onlong-elliptical to narrowly ovate, to c. 40 mm long and 25 mm wide. Upper surface of lamina grey-green ; lower surface purplish and bearing white hairs; apex shortly apiculate.
Flowers 15–20 mm in diameter; sepals purplish and hairy; petals white with pink tips. Stamens 6, bearded with white hairs towards their bases; anthers yellow.
Fruits not recorded; seed seems not to set.
Flowering: Flowering Spring to Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Garden escape; sparingly naturalised in Sydney region. Native of South America (Argentina and Brazil).
Disturbed areas near human habitation.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Previously known as Tradescantia blossfeldiana.
Text by Peter G. Wilson (2009)
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