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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 21, 2015 10:43 AM CST
I didn't want to propose changes so I thought I'd post this here for one of the database administrators help. I'm not certain but unless this is a General entry for Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea) many of the photos should be moved to this entry for Variegated Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea 'Variegata')

I've always known T. spathacea to have green upper leaves with a maroon/purple reverse and the one with the variegated leaf form to be cultivars.

Photos/Information for T. spathacea:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFind...
http://mobile.floridata.com/Plants/Commelinaceae/Tradescanti...
http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=493
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradescantia_spathacea

Photos/information for both T. spathacea and variegated cultivars:
http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-4...
http://purplemelastoma.blogspot.com/2015/07/tradescantia-spa...
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 21, 2015 2:12 PM CST

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Here's the issue, there is more than one cultivar of Tradescantia spathacea with variegated leaves. Which means, unless the owners of the pictures in question know exactly which cultivar they have, it's probably most appropriate for the pictures to stay in the species entry.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jul 21, 2015 2:34 PM CST
Thanks Kent, and *Blush* don't mind me, I'm getting old .... I think I asked about this before. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 21, 2015 2:56 PM CST

Plants Admin

No problem at all Lin. It has come up before (with this and a few other plants), but I can't remember who brought it up. Probably several people to be honest.

It's one of those weird situations. The pictures don't quite belong where they are, but there isn't a better place to put them. Shrug!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jul 21, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Yeah, since they are indeed T. spathacea that seems to be the obvious place, otherwise they'd have to be at the parent plant Tradescantias (Tradescantia) entry which would probably cause more confusion. Smiling
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