Tradescantia spathacea

Scientific name: Tradescantia spathacea Sw.
Synonym: Rhoeo spathacea (Sw.) Stearn
Botanical family: COMMELINACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • boul di mas

Dominican Republic:

  • magueyito

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Herb 40-70 cm high, forming large colonies, stems thick and covered with withered leaves. Leaves alternate, sessile, densely imbricate, linear-lanceolate, 20-35 x 3-5 cm, dark green above, purple beneath and along the margins; inflorescence axillary,  umbelliform cyme enclosed by compressed spathe-like bracts, 3-4.5 cm broad and 2-3 high, petals white 5-8 mm long; capsule 3-angled 4.5 mm long.







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