Silver striped wandering Jew
Tradescantia zebrina, Fam. Commelinaceae
Weak perennial herbs with trailing to semi-erect, easily broken fleshy stems; readily rooting at the nodes and forming large dense ground covers.
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, alternate ovate-elliptic with hairy tubular stem-sheathing bases. Green or purple-green above with 2 distinctive silvery stripes running longitudinally along the leaf, dark purple below, 20-50mm long.
|Flower description:||Bright pink, three petalled, borne in groups, more-or-less partially enclosed by 2 or 3 leaf-like bracts. 10-12mm in diameter.|
|Fruit description:||Capsules, but not produced in Australia.|
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|Origin:||South America, Mexico and Central America|
|Notes:||Spread by: vegetative fragments in garden waste, water, contaminated soil. All plant material able to grow. Invades/threats: open forests, disturbed creek bank communities, rainforest understorey, moist shady gullies, roadsides and unmanaged land. Notes: garden escapees that can dominate the ground layer over extensive areas. Two species are naturalised in the region. Watery sap can cause skin irritation in people and pets. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|