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creeping inchplant

Habit Herbs, perennial, mat-forming, repent (flowering stems ascending).

2-ranked, gradually reduced toward ends of flowering stems;

blade ovate to lanceolate or lanceolate-oblong, 1–3.5 × 0.6–1 cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), margins scabrid, apex acute, glabrous.


sessile in axils of distal leaves of flowering stems, composed of pairs of sessile cymes (sometimes reduced to single cymes).


bisexual and pistillate, odorless, subsessile;

petals inconspicuous, white, lanceolate, 3–6 mm;

stamens 0–6, long-exserted;

filaments glabrous;

ovary 2-locular, stigma penicillate.




1 mm.

Callisia repens

Phenology Flowering early spring (Tex) or summer–fall (Fla.).
Habitat Shady, rocky or gravelly places, and in citrus groves
from FNA
FL; LA; TX; West Indies; South America (to Argentina) [Introduced in North America]
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Parent taxa Commelinaceae > Callisia
Sibling taxa
C. cordifolia, C. fragrans, C. graminea, C. micrantha, C. ornata, C. rosea
Name authority (Jacquin) Linnaeus: Sp. Pl., ed. 2 1: 62. (1762)
Source Flora of North America vol. 22.
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