Full nameTradescantia fluminensis ‘Albostriata’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

Established with a description by Thielke (1954, p. 40-41). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name can be established (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 21.11).

Also known as:
ClassificationThe species Tradescantia fluminensis has sometimes been labelled with its botanical synonym Tradescantia albiflora, and with the invalid horticultural names Tradescantia viridis, Tradescantia repens, and Tradescantia reptans.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityThe plant is probably lost from cultivation, after it was most recently documented under the invalid name Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’ [1967] by Simms (1967, p. 8-9).


Described by Thielke (1954, p. 40-41).

SpeciesTradescantia fluminensis.
FoliageA variegated cultivar with variable white or silver stripes, caused by a periclinal chimera. Unlike the similar Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’, there is always a white border to the leaf, with green stripes rising from the leaf base but not reaching the edge.


Thielke, C. (1954). Die Histologische Struktur des Sprossvegetationskegels Einiger Commelinaceen Unter Berücksichtigung Panaschierter Formen [The histological structure of the shoot vegetation cone of some Commelinaceae considering variegated forms]. Planta, 44, 18-74. Open access link.

Simms, W. F. (1967). A Re-appraisal of the “Tradescantias”. Gardener’s Chronicle, 162(25), 8-9.

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.