Callisia ornata

(Small) G. C. Tucker

Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 70:118. 1989.

Basionym: Cuthbertia ornata Small Man. S.E. Fl., 259. 1933
Synonyms: Tradescantia rosea var. ornata (Small) E. S. Anderson & Woodson
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.

Herbs, perennial, not or only scarcely cespitose, erect. Roots persistently densely woolly. Stems 20–50 cm. Leaves strongly ascending; basal leaf sheaths glabrous to puberulent; blade linear, (2–)10–25 × 0.1–0.4 cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened). Inflorescences: bracts not distinct from bracteoles, usually minute, 1–3(–7) mm, scarious (rarely somewhat herbaceous). Flowers pedicellate; pedicels 1–1.5 cm; petals pink to rose, 9–13 mm; stamens 6; filaments bearded; ovary 3-locular. Capsules 3-locular, 3–5 mm. Seeds 1.5–2 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring, fall.
Habitat: Coastal strand


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Oak, pine, and palmetto woods and scrub, occasionally fields or roadsides, usually in sandy soil, Fla.


A white-flowered form has been described from central Florida as Callisia ornata forma leucantha Lakela (O. Lakela 1972), but such color forms are hardly worth taxonomic recognition.

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Lower Taxa

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