Full nameTradescantia ‘Metallica’.
Name statusEstablished but questionable, it may refer to a unique cultivar or may be a synonym for Tradescantia zebrina ‘Superba’ or Tradescantia zebrina ‘Minima’.

Established by Hugenholtz (1881, p. 21). Because it was published before 1959, the name can be established with no description (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 27.1).

The name most likely refers to a cultivar of Tradescantia zebrina which existed at the time, such as ‘Superba’ or ‘Minima’. But there is not enough information to definitively link it to any plant known today. The name is established and treated as lost or an unknown synonym.
ClassificationUnknown species.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityProbably lost from cultivation, it has not been documented since its first publication (Hugenholtz, 1881, p. 21).


Never described.



Hugenholtz, N. J. A. C. (1881). Onze Kamerplanten [Our houseplants]. Google Books 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.