Buckley'S Spiderwort

(Tradescantia buckleyi)



T. buckleyi is a perennial with trailing, loosely branched stems up to 50 cm in length. The succulent, elliptic leaves are spirally arranged and may reach 12 - 3.5 cm. Their color ranges from dark green to purplish. Roots are tuberous, tufted, and can form at nodes. Inflorescences are terminal and pedunculate, with peduncles measuring 3-5.5 cm. The bracts resemble primary leaves but are smaller. Flowers are subsessile and have pedicels 0.7-0.8 cm in length. Petals are pale pink to white, measure 1 cm, and are clawed. The claws are basally connate and form a tube. The stamens are epipetalous and have bearded filaments and broad, orange connectives. The ovary is densely bearded. Capsules are subglobose, 3.5 mm in diameter, and contain seeds measuring 2-3 mm. The plant is glabrous aside from its pubescent capsules, sparsely pilose sepals, and slightly hairy pedicels. Blooming takes place from February to May.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
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