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Zebrina Schnizlein in Bot. Zeit. 7: 870. 1849. Clarke in DC., l.c. 317; Benth. & Hook. f., l.c. 856; Bruck. in Engl. & Prantl, l.c. 168.

Zebrina pendula

Credit: Azmat

Perennial, rarely annual herbs, decumbent to suberect, brittle, usually with variegated, striped leaves, greenish. Inflorescence short, included within a pair of unequal, folded, leafy bracts. Sepals 2-3-lobed, tubular. Corolla tubular below, lobes free, ovate. Stamens 6, fertile, epipetalous. Ovary 3-loculed with 1-2 ovules in each locale.

A small genus with c. 5 species, mostly native of C. America, widely cultivated as ornamentals in warmer regions; represented here by 1, cultivated species.

Differs from Tradescantia Linn., by petals united and tubular below, flowers few, sessile within 2 conduplicate, unequal bracts.

Lower Taxon

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