Identification: Wandering Jew?

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  1. Mirek

    Mirek Member

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    Is this a Wandering Jew? If so what is the Botanical Name for this plant? I can seem to find the specific name for it.

    I just started this plant from a cutting a week ago and it has already started to grow! This plant usually is an indoor plant that hangs in a basket. It grows fast.

    Thanks for you help!

    Mirek
     

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  2. rockminer

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    It appears to be a member of the genus Trasescantia. Try googling it and look at images. Thay show several variegated species. Indeed Tradescantias root easily and most are rapid growers. HTH, Bill
     
  3. Mirek

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    i have tried with the images plenty, i will try again...
     
  4. Mirek

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    Ok, we know that it is a Tradescantia. But the only thing i don't know is what the specific name is. The Genus is Tradescantia, the species is...... and who made it. (eg L.)

    these 2 other things i do not know and really need to know.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Pfff... OK, could be a Tradescantia fluminensis 'Variegata'...
     
  6. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Assuming Lila is right with the ident (she always is!), then:

    The species is Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.; "Vell." being the standard author abbreviation for José Mariano da Conceição Vellozo (1742-1811), who first named it (not "made it"!!), and

    'Variegata' is the cultivar name, meaning this particular clone which has yellow-patterned leaves, and is propagated vegetatively by cuttings (like almost all cultivars, it does not breed true by seed).
     
  7. Mirek

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    Thats a little bit more than i needed to know, but thank you, both for the information. I am just starting the Fundamentals of Horticulture class in town. I have to say theres alot i dont know. and alot i still dont get, but with time it will come to me.

    Thanks again

    Mirek
     
  8. Nandan Kalbag

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    Yess! It is Tradescantia fluminensis variegata.
     

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