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Spiderwort
Commelinaceae
Tradescantia


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Commelinaceae Family

Tradescantia Genus

Location

Native to the New World from southern Canada south to northern Argentina.

Physical Description
The leaves are long, thin and bladelike to lanceolate, from 345 cm long. The flowers are white, pink or purple but most commonly bright blue, with three petals and six yellow anthers. The sap is mucilaginous and clear.




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Commelinaceae
Commelinales
Commelinales
Commelinidae
Monocots
Monocots
One First-Leaves (Monocots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

A number of the species flower in the morning and when the sun shines on the flowers in the afternoon they close up, but the flowers can remain open on cloudy days until evening.
Other names used for various species include Spider-lily, Cradle-lily, Oyster-plant and Flowering Inch Plant.

The cells of the stamen hairs of some Tradescantia are colored blue, but when exposed to sources of ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, the cells mutate and change color to pink; they are one of the few tissues known to serve as an effective bioassay for ambient radiation levels.

The generic name honours the English naturalists John Tradescant the Elder (ca. 1570-1638) and John Tradescant the Younger (1608-1662).



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Comment: Spiderwort, Tradescantia

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Producer
Producer
June 18, 2010
Good friend I will try to find this one, what a beauty!
Thunder
Thunder
June 18, 2010
Incredible close ups!

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