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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Tradescantia pallida (Rose) D.R.Hunt



   Botanical NameTradescantia pallida (Rose) D.R.Hunt
   SynonymsSetcreasea pallida Rose; Setcreasea jaumavensis Matuda
   Common NameEnglish: Spider wort, Purple Heart / Tamil: --
   DistributionGlobal: Native to Mexico. Ornamental in Tropical countries.
Indian: Throughout India
   DescriptionEvergreen perennial succulent sprawling herb, stem fleshy. Bright purple leaves, alternate, sharply pointed, entire leaf margin, sessile, covered with soft and fine hairs. Inflorescence cyme. Flower trimerous, light pink colour with three petals, ovate arranged in a triangle, bract 2 set at the base. Flowers opens only in the morning. Stamens 6, with 3 epipetalous and 3 adherents to the margin, glabrous. Fruit are glabrous capsule, seeds very small.
   Flowering Fruiting periodThroughout the year
   UsesOrnamental in garden, border plant and indoor pot plant. Plant used for phytoremediation process.
   Medicinal UsesTraditionally used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-toxic supplement and used for blood circulation.
   Tamil NameSpiderwort