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small-leaf spiderwort, white-flower wandering jew

Habit Herbs, decumbent, rooting at nodes.


blade lanceolate-elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 2.5–5 × 1–2 cm (distal leaf blades wider or narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), margins ciliolate, apex acute, glabrous.


terminal, becoming leaf-opposed, sometimes axillary from distalmost leaf axil, 1–2 cyme pairs per stem;

bracts mostly foliaceous, occasionally reduced.


distinctly pedicillate;

pedicels 1–1.5 cm, glandular-pilose;

sepals 5–7 mm, midrib pilose with eglandular hairs;

petals distinct, white, not clawed, 8–9 mm;

stamens free;

filaments white, densely bearded with white hairs.

Tradescantia fluminensis

Phenology Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat Woods, roadsides, and open areas, sometimes as weed
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AL; CA; FL; LA; native; South America (Brazil–Argentina); Africa (South Africa); Australia [Introduced in North America; introduced in North America]
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This species was recorded north to North Carolina (J. K. Small 1933), but I have not seen any supporting records from Georgia or North Carolina.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 22.
Parent taxa Commelinaceae > Tradescantia
Sibling taxa
T. bracteata, T. brevifolia, T. buckleyi, T. crassifolia, T. crassula, T. edwardsiana, T. ernestiana, T. gigantea, T. hirsuticaulis, T. hirsutiflora, T. humilis, T. leiandra, T. longipes, T. occidentalis, T. ohiensis, T. ozarkana, T. pallida, T. paludosa, T. pedicellata, T. pinetorum, T. reverchonii, T. roseolens, T. spathacea, T. subacaulis, T. subaspera, T. tharpii, T. virginiana, T. wrightii, T. zebrina
Name authority Vellozo: Florae Fluminensis 140; plate vol. 3, 152. (1829)
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