Callisia cordifolia

(Swartz) E. S. Anderson & Woodson
Contr. Arnold Arbor. 9: 117. 1935.
Illustrated
Basionym: Tradescantia cordifolia Swartz Prodr., 57. 1788
Synonyms: Leiandra cordifolia (Swartz) Rafinesque Phyodina cordifolia (Swartz) Rohweder Tradescantella floridana (S. Watson) Small Tradescantia floridana S. Watson
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.

Herbs, perennial, mat-forming. Leaves 2-ranked, gradually reduced toward end of flowering shoot; blade lanceolate or lanceolate-elliptic to ovate, 1–3 × 0.5–1.4 cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), margins scabrous, glabrous. Inflorescences terminal and axillary from distal leaves, pedunculate, composed of pairs of sessile cymes; bracts linear to linear-lanceolate, 2–6 mm. Flowers odorless, 4–5 mm wide, pedicillate; sepals distinct, maroon, 2–3 mm; petals white, ovate, 2.5 mm; stamens 6, nearly equal or antipetalous stamens slightly longer than antsepalous; filaments glabrous; ovary 3-locular. Capsules 3-locular. Seeds 0.6–0.7 mm. 2n = 14 (as floridana).


Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Moist, usually shady places with calcareous soil, e.g., hummocks, fern grottoes, shell middens

Distribution

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Fla., Ga., Mexico, West Indies, n South America.

Discussion

The single Georgia record, a specimen labeled Rome, Floyd County (Babcock s.n., MO), is considered credible by Dr. Nancy Coile.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

... more about "Callisia cordifolia"
Robert B. Faden +
(Swartz) E. S. Anderson & Woodson +
Tradescantia cordifolia +
Fla. +, Ga. +, Mexico +, West Indies +  and n South America. +
Moist, usually shady places with calcareous soil, e.g., hummocks, fern grottoes, shell middens +
Flowering spring–fall. +
Contr. Arnold Arbor. +
Illustrated +
Leiandra cordifolia +, Phyodina cordifolia +, Tradescantella floridana +  and Tradescantia floridana +
Callisia cordifolia +
Callisia +
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