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any plant of the American genus Tradescantia, widely cultivated for their striped variegated leaves: family Commelinaceae
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Eat the flowers -purple with little yellow sprig (leaves aren't too great) Root tea used for kidney, female and stomach issues. Apply smashed leaves to stings and bites.



(spiderwort), a genus of perennial herbs of the family Commelinaceae. The stems are erect or spreading, and the leaves are alternate and oval or lanceolate in shape. The flowers, which are solitary or in inflorescences, have three free sepals and petals. The fruit is a capsule.

There are about 60 species, distributed in tropical and subtropical America. Many species are raised as ornamentals. The common spiderwort (T. virginiana), an erect plant with linear-lanceolate leaves and large blue or violet flowers, has been cultivated in open ground since the early 17th century. Some tropical species, including T. albiflora and T. fluminensis, as well as their varieties with white stripes on the leaves, are raised indoors as basket plants. The plant Zebrina pendula, whose leaves are silver-banded above and reddish violet below, is often classified in the genus Tradescantia.

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The pioneering work on Canna (Tiwari & Gunning, 1986a) and Tradescantia (Tiwari & Gunning, 1986b, c, d), both with amoeboid tapetum lacking orbicules, deserves special mention.
O bioensaio da mutacao do pelo estaminal de Tradescantia (Trad-SHM--Tradescantia Stamen Hair Mutation) e um teste de mutagenese que tem fornecido informacoes importantes sobre os efeitos geneticos de diferentes formas de contaminacao e cujas respostas demonstram ser consistentes, confiaveis e precisas mesmo nos baixos niveis aos quais a populacao humana pode estar exposta (19,20,23-31).
Tradescantia murilloae Zamudio, Espejo, Lopez-Ferrari & Ceja, sp.
Hotter subjects include red hot pokers (kniphofia), which produce rocket-shaped flowers, some red with yellow at the base, others a single colour, and the red tradescantia, T.
Por otra parte tambien es posible aplicar esta tecnica en plantas, ya que tambien pueden ser biomonitores de agentes genotoxicos micronucleogenicos; este es el caso del haba y la cebolla (Vicia faba, Allium cepa) en la que se utilizan los meristemos de la raiz para la observacion de los micronucleos, o Tradescantia en la que se utiliza el polen (Grant y Col.
spiralis, Phytolacca bogotensis, Abatia parviflora, Dodonaea viscosa, Bacharis latifolia, Gnaphalium sp, Pennisetum clandestinum, Senecio madagascariensis, Crocosmia x crocosmiflora, Baccharis latifolia, Cirsium vulgare, Citharexylum subflavecens, Miconia squamulosa, Tradescantia sp.
O Genero Tradescantia, pertencente a Familia Commeliaceae, e bastante utilizado como bioindicador atraves da especie Tradescantia pallida cv.