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large population (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit in flower (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
large slightly fleshy leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
flower clusters in the leaf forks (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of purplish floral bracts leaf undersides (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of white flowers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Tradescantia spathacea Sw.
Rhoeo discolor (L'Hér.) HanceRhoeo spathacea (Sw.) StearnTradescantia discolor L'Hér.
boat lily, boat plant, boat-lily, boatlily, cradle lily, Moses in a boat, Moses in a cradle, Moses in the basket, Moses in the cradle, Moses-in-a-basket, Moses-in-a-boat, Moses-in-the-bulrushes, Moses-in-his-cradle, Moses-in-the-cradle, oyster plant, oysterplant, rhoeo, three men in a boat, three-men-in-the-boat
Native to southern Mexico, Central America (i.e. Belize and Guatemala) and the Caribbean.
Occasionally naturalised in coastal districts of northern and central Queensland. Also naturalised on Lord Howe Island, Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands.
Widely naturalised overseas in southern Africa (i.e. Kenya and Tanzania), temperate Asia (e.g. China and Japan), south-western USA (i.e. Louisiana and Florida), the Seychelles, La Réunion and on some Pacific islands (e.g. the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Niue, New Caledonia, Palau, Western Samoa, Tonga and Hawaii).
Moses-in-the-cradle (Tradescantia spathacea) is regarded as an environmental weed in Queensland and is also listed in the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD).
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