Tradescantia spathacea prev. Rhoeo discolor, Fam. Commelinaceae
Perennial, tufted herb with a short trunk-like stem to 0.2m; reproduces from stems.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Simple, basal rosettes, broadly linear to lanceolate, up to 300-400 x 40-60mm, fleshy, upper surface green, lower surface distinctive reddish-purple.
|Flower description:||Small white, 3 petalled, surrounded by a purple boat-shaped spathe.|
|Fruit description:||Papery capsules with 3 valves. Seeds small, dark brown.|
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|Toxicity:||Potential allergen, irritant to people, toxic or irritant to domestic pets, toxic to native animals|
|Notes:||Spread by: vegetative material and seeds in garden waste, water and contaminated soil. Invades/threats: creek banks, disturbed areas, open forests close to habitation. Notes: garden escapee. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|