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  Callisia repens (Jacq.) L.
  Family Name : Commelinaceae

  Synonyms : Tradescantia callisia, Spironema robbinsii, Hapalanthus repens

  Common Names : Creeping Basketplant, Turtle Vine, Bolivian Jew

  Chinese Name : 铺地锦竹草

 
Creeping Basketplant,Turtle Vine,Bolivian Jew
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Compact
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Callisia repens is a creeping herb and can root at the nodes to form a big mat.
      Foliage: Its leaves are ovate and measure up to 4 cm long and 2 cm wide, acute at the tip and rounded at the base. The leaf margins are hairy.
      Flowers: Its flowers are borne in cluster in the leaf axils, small and white.
      Habitat :
      Grows in riparian areas, secondary forests and shrublands. Also found in disturbed areas.
      Taxonomy :
      The Herbarium at Singapore Botanic Gardens confirmed that Callisia repens is the correct identification of this species on 16 July 2015.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Shallow Media (8 -10cm)
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Small Gardens, Green Roof, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Rockery / Desert Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Thick
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Alternate
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Sessile
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acute
      Foliar Base :
      Rounded / Obtuse
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous, Runner / Stolon
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      White
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Axillary

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