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Common name

English: Widow's Tears

German: Aufrechte Witwenträne


Kingdom: Plantae (2666)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2580)

    Class: Liliopsida (393)

      Order: Commelinales (21)

        Family: Commelinaceae (21)(family description)

          Genus: Tinantia (1)

            Epithet: erecta Schltdl. (8)

Synonyms: Commelina rosea Schltdl., Ephemerum racemosum Moench, Pogomesia erecta (Jacq.) Standl., Pogomesia undata (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Raf., Tinantia fugax Scheidw., Tinantia modesta Brandegee, Tinantia undata (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Schltdl., Tradescantia bifida Roth, Tradescantia commelina Neuenh., Tradescantia erecta Jacq., Tradescantia latifolia Ruiz & Pav., Tradescantia malabarica Herb. ex Schult. & Schult.f., Tradescantia recta Raeusch., Tradescantia undata Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd., Tradescantia undulata Vahl

bifida => divided, split into two parts

erecta => upright, perpendicular

fugax => swift

latifolia => with broad leaves

malabarica => of or from the Malabar Coast, southern India

modesta => most restrained, modest or unassuming

racemosum => having racemose inflorescences

recta => straight, upright, erect

rosea => rose or pale red-pink coloured

undata => not flat, billowy, undulate, waved

undulata => wavy, with wavy margin


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: violet

External links

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