‘Alba Lineata’


Full name Tradescantia ‘Alba Lineata’.
Name status Established but questionable, it may refer to a unique cultivar or may be a synonym for Tradescantia spathacea ‘Vittata’, Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’, or Tradescantia ‘Albovittata’.

Established with a description by Mangelsdorf Bros. Company (1891, p. 39). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name can be established (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 21.11).

The name most likely refers to another variegated cultivar common at the time, such as ‘Vittata’, ‘Variegata’, or ‘Albovittata’. But there is not enough information to defnitively link it to a specific plant known today, so the name is established and treated as lost or an unknown synonym.

Not to be confused with:
ClassificationNo species was mentioned in the original description. It may be a synonym for a cultivar of Tradescantia spathacea, Tradescantia fluminensis, or another tropical species.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityThe name is most likely a synonym for Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’, Tradescantia spathacea ‘Vittata’, or Tradescantia ‘Albovittata’, still in cultivation. But this is not certain, so the plant is assumed to be lost.


Described by Mangelsdorf Bros. Company (1891, p. 39).

FoliageYellow lines running the length of the leaves.


Mangelsdorf Bros. Company. (1891). Illustrated Catalogue of Selected Gield, Garden and Flower Seeds. Internet Archive link.

Brickell, C. D., Alexander, C., Cubey, J. J., David, J. C., Hoffman, M. H. A., Leslie, A. C., Malécot, V., Jin, X. (2016). International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. PDF link.