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Tradescantia spathacea Sw.

Boat lily, moses in a cradle

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCommelinalesIncludes dayflowers (spiderworts), bloodworts, water hyacinths, others
FamilyCommelinaceaeDayflower or spiderwort family
GenusTradescantiaAfter John Tradescant (1608-1662), English gardener to King Charles I
SpeciesspathaceaMeans “with a spathe,” referring to the large, colored bracts that enclose the flower cluster

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Rhoeo spathecea

Rhoeo discolor (L’Hér.) Hance ex Walp.

Rhoeo spathacea (Sw.) Stearn

Tradescantia bicolor L’Hér.

Tradescantia discolor L’Hér.


Tradescantia spathacea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Tradescantia spathacea (boat lily, moses in a cradle)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Mary­land
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)


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