Keyword Search Tips |  Advanced Search
Display Options
Results per Page
Sort By
What's New
Popular View
Plant & Animal Corner
  • Malayan Horned Frog
  • Gardenia cf. nitida
  • Eight-Spotted Crab Spider
  • Aechmea tayoensis
Please Choose a Category:
Popular Keywords
ixoraAglaonemaHIBISCUSBougainvillea syzygiumficusheliconiaCalatheaphilodendronDracaena
round_tl round_tr
frame Visitors Counter
frame 711327
round_bl round_br
  Tradescantia spathacea (green form)
  Family Name : Commelinaceae

  Common Names : Boat Lily, Oyster Plant

  Chinese Name : 荷包花

Boat Lily,Oyster Plant
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
  • Biogeography
    • Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a semi-epiphytic herbaceous shrub with underground rhizomes, and has a clump-forming growth habit. 
      Foliage: Its leaves are green and fleshy, sword-shaped and arranged in a rosette form.
      Flowers: Its flowers are small and white, nested in the boat-shaped bracts located at the leaf axils.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet 'Tradescantia' named after John Tradescant (died 1638), gardener to King Charles I of England. Species epithet 'spathacea' means 'with a spathe', describing the spathe-like bract holding the flowers.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Green Roof
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Irritant - Sap, [Remarks] (Astringent sap may cause stinging and itching in susceptible individuals and animals.)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :

   Last updated on:

  Download Image  Print Page

Public Comment     

Total page hits: 143
© 2013 National Parks Board, Singapore. Supported client browser: IE6+, Firefox 1.05+, Chrome 12+, Opera 7.52+, Netscape 7.1+