The Biology of Australian Weeds 65. Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.

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Tradescantia fluminesis is a serious environmental weed. There are many common names for T. fluminensis. Historically, wandering Jew was probably most common; however, because of its pejorative origins its use is now less common and accepted. Trad and tradescantia are probably the most used colloquially, but there are others listed in the literature: wandering Jew, trad , wandering creeper, creeping Christian, wandering trad or tradescantia, water spiderwort, and inch plant.

Tradescantia fluminensis is an invasive perennial (or annual), procumbent clonal herbaceous weed of the spiderwort family (Commelinaceae). It forms dense swards (often referred to as mats) that consist of many interwoven stems. Stems form adventitious roots and small stem fragments with at least one leaf node readily develop into new plants.

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Dugdale, T.M., McLaren, D.A. and Conran, J.G. (2015) The Biology of Australian Weeds 65. Tradescantia fluminensis Vell. Plant Protection Quarterly. 30(4), 116-125.


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First published online: December 22, 2015