Turtle Vine
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Turtle Vine
P Introduced Photo: Abhishek Malpotra
Common name: Turtle Vine, Creeping inchplant
Botanical name: Callisia repens    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Tradescantia callisia, Tradescantia repens, Callisia hexandra

Turtle Vine is a perennial herb forming creeping mats. The flowering shoots are rising up. The fleshy, delicate leaves grow smaller towards the tip of the shoot. The leaf blade is oval to lanceshaped, 1-3.5 cm long and 0.6-1 cm wide. Flowers are borne in paired (sometimes solitary), stalkless, dense cincinni in axils of distal leaves. Flowers are bisexual or male. Sepals are green, linear-oblong, 3-4 mm, hairy along midvein, margin scarious. Petals are white, lanceshaped, 3-6 mm. Stamens are 0-6; filaments long protruding; connectives broadly triangular. Style is thread-like, long. Capsule is oblong, about 1.5 mm, 2-valved. Turtle Vine is native to the American continents, cultivated elsewhere, and naturalized in some places.

Identification credit: Abhishek Malpotra Photographed in Gujjar chack, Kathua, J&K.

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