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  Tradescantia spathacea 'Dwarf'
  Family Name : Commelinaceae

  Synonyms : Tradescantia spathacea 'Nana', Rhoeo spathacea 'Dwarf'

  Common Names : Dwarf Boat Lily, Dwarf Moses-in-the-Cradle

 
Dwarf Boat Lily,Dwarf Moses-in-the-Cradle
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Dwarf
      Maximum Height :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Of horticultural origin
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a  herbaceous herb and has a rosette growth form. It is a dwarf type of Tradescantia spathacea.
      Foliage: Its leaves are waxy and fleshy,  sword-shaped, dark green on the upper surface and vivid-purple on the leaf lower side.
      Flowers: Its flowers are small and white, hidden inside the boat-shaped bracts.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Shallow Media (8 -10cm), Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Green Roof, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Irritant - Sap
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Purple
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Leathery, Thick
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Parallel
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous, Acaulescent
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      White
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic

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