Plant ID forum: need help with identification of plant -

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MaryH88
Sep 25, 2017 9:52 AM CST
this plant belongs to a friend and we cannot identify it - sure hope someone can help.
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purpleinopp
Sep 25, 2017 10:27 AM CST
Marian,
The plant looks like some kind of Tradescantia to me. Maybe T. cerinthoides:
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Rica47
Mar 14, 2018 9:31 PM CST
It is definitely not Tradescantia cerinthoides . I could give an a very educated guess, but I really need to see more of the plant. My guess is Tradescantia fluminensis 'Laekenensis Rainbow ' reverted. Which is a red stemmed fluminensis (which is small leafed) with multi-head white flowers & solid green leaves.
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purpleinopp
Mar 15, 2018 8:44 AM CST
Hi & welcome! When they don't come back, it can remain a mystery forever.
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plantladylin
Mar 15, 2018 9:53 AM CST
I don't think MaryH88 has posted since asking about the ID last September. She didn't state where her friend got the plant; if it was purchased or perhaps growing in the wild somewhere. My first thought also was a variety of Tradescantia.


Or possibly a variety of Commelina.


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Rica47
Mar 15, 2018 12:27 PM CST
I respond to IDs in the chance that someone comes along and compares their plant to the one posted. I agree that it is a Tradescantia, but believe it is a form of fluminensis . The red stem is the reason I said chose the reverted Laekenensis Rainbow. This plant gets confused with it's very close relative T fluminensis, which has a green stem. The reverted rainbow has red stems and with increased light exposure the bottom of the leaves can turns purple. There is a plant called Green Hill, it's scientific name is the Tradescantia Fluminensis 'Laekenensis Rainbow' reverted.

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