Tradescantia zebrina

Tradescantia zebrina Heynh

Synonym: Zebrina pendula

Common Names: Wandering Dudes, Creeping Charlie

Family: Commelinaceae

Habit: Tradescantia zebrina grows creeping along the ground or up on other vegetation to 50 in length, rooting at the nodes.  The ovate sessile, green/silver and purple striped, variegated leaves are arranged alternately, to 10 cm in length and 2 cm wide, elongate, with parallel veins and an entire margin. The leaf base is clasping and can overlap with other leaves at the apex or stems when flowering. There may be pubescence along the leaf margin.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal umbels. The peduncle is pubescent.  Each subtended by 2 bracts. The calyx has 3 unfused, green, sepals.  The corolla has 3 pink petals. There are 6 unfused, pubescent stamens.  The ovary is superior and has 3 locules and 3 ovules. The fruit is a capsule.

Habitat: Tradescantia zebrina grows in Human Altered environments (yards and gardens).

Distribution: Tradescantia zebrina is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago.  It is native to Mexico and Gautemala but is now widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Tradescantia zebrina is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

It is used as an ornamental.