Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ornamental Plants at Home in the Jungle

Some of you may recognize this lovely little plant from nurseries and supermarkets around the United States. You may already have something similar growing in your home or yard. Many of these plants have their origin in the jungle. This plant is called Wandering Jew or Tradescantia zebrina. Here is the description from Wikipedia: Tradescantia zebrina:
Tradescantia zebrina, formerly known as Zebrina pendula, is a species of spiderwort more commonly known as an inchplant or wandering jew. The common name is shared with closely related varieties T. fluminensis and T. pallida. Tradescantia zebrina is native to Mexico, Central America and Colombia, and naturalized in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and various oceanic islands.
This plant was growing along a trail in the jungle in the Arenal National Park in Costa Rica.

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