Tradescantia Ruppius ex L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 288 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is America.


Native to:

Alabama, Alberta, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jamaica, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nicaragua, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Utah, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Introduced into:

Algeria, Angola, Austria, Azores, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, California, Canary Is., Cape Verde, Chad, Chagos Archipelago, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cocos (Keeling) Is., Comoros, Cook Is., Corse, Cyprus, Fiji, France, Gabon, Galápagos, Gambia, Germany, Gilbert Is., Great Britain, Greece, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hawaii, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kenya, Korea, Kriti, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Line Is., Madeira, Morocco, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Niue, Norfolk Is., North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Ogasawara-shoto, Philippines, Pitcairn Is., Portugal, Queensland, Romania, Seychelles, Society Is., Southwest Caribbean, Spain, St.Helena, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Togo, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Transcaucasus, Tristan da Cunha, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tunisia, Turkey, Victoria, Windward Is.


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
61219.000 No
Kepos [44605] K000696818 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.] Campelia K001132590 Yes


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Neotropikey

    • Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.