Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Tradescantia pinetorum Greene
(Pine Spiderwort)

Family: Commelinaceae

Status: Native

Tradescantia tuberosa Greene

Found in open woods, Tradescantia pinetorum has strongly pubescent sheaths and purple petals that are 8-10mm long. The genus Commelina has flower buds enclosed in a sheath called a "spathe," while Tradescantia does not have a spathe. Tradescantia pinetorum has glandular pubescent sepals, while T. occidentalis has glabrous sepals.
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Tradescantia pinetorum, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Deadman Cyn., Sept. 10, 2007

Tradescantia pinetorum, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Kelly Kindscher & Daniel Walkup, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Aug. 2, 2008

Tradescantia pinetorum, photo Elroy Limmer, Pinos Altos Range, Allie Canyon

Tradescantia pinetorum, closeup of inflorescence showing absence of spathe and presence of glandular hairs on sepals, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, just north of Pinos Altos, August 8, 2010

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