Callisia repens

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Callisia repens (Jacq.) L.

Commelinaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: three-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Commelinanae
Ordo:
Commelinales

Callisia repens is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Callisia repens was already described and the name validly published by Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin. It was Carl Linnaeus, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1762.

Taxonomy

Callisia repens is a species in the genus Callisia which contains approximately 22 to 23 species and belongs to the family of the Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

Callisia repens is evergreen. The simple leaves are alternate. They are ovate and sessile with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Callisia repens produces cymes of white three-stellate flowers from September to October.


Root System

Distribution

Callisia repens is native to Texas, tropical America and the West Indies.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

The ornamental value of Callisia repens lies especially in the ornamental leaves.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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