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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/31/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Fl. Tellur. 2:16. 1836 [1837]
Reference Woodson, Ann. Mis- souri Bot. Gard. 29:150. 1942.
Synonym Heminema Raf. loc. cit. 17. 1837. Descantaria Schlecht. Linnaea 26:140. 1853, nom. subnud. Disgrega Hassk. Flora 49:215, 1866. Leptorhoeo C. B. Clarke in Hemsl. Diagn. Pl. Nov. 55. 1880. Donnellia C. B. Clarke, Bot. Gaz. 33:261. 1902. Cuthbertia Small, Fl. Southeast. U. S. 237. 1903. Neodonnellia Rose, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 19:96. 1906. Tradescantia of many authors, not L.
Description Subsucculent herbs of small or moderate size; stems creeping below, but erect or ascending above. Leaves alternate, sheathed at the base. Inflorescence terminal or subterminal, solitary or clustered, long-pedunculate, consisting of 2 equal, greatly condensed scorpioid cymes bearing few or several rather small flowers, not subtended by paired leaf-like bracts. Sepals 3, essentially equal. Petals 3, essen- tially equal. Stamens 6, usually in 2 very dissimilar series, the outer occasionally sterile; in a few species all fertile and essentially similar. Pistil 3-celled.
Key a. Stamens essentially similar, all fertile; petals blue; plants small, 1.0-1.5 dm. tall _ - _ - ----------- 1. T. FLORIBUNDA aa. Stamens 2 in very dissimilar series; petals pink or white; plants mediocre, 3-8 dm. tall - b. Inflorescence umbelliform, with relatively long pedicels and relative- ly short peduncles; sepals usually scatteringly glandular-pilose - 2. T. CUMANENSIS bb. Inflorescence capituliform, with relatively short pedicels and rela- tively long peduncles; sepals glabrous--- _ 3. T. ELONGATA
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