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  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) :
      Perennial
  • 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 :
      None
  • 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 :
      Division
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Thick
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      White

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