Full nameTradescantia ‘Picta’.
Name statusEstablished but questionable, it may refer to a unique cultivar or may be a synonym for another plant which existed at the time.

Established with no description by Schickler (1862, p. 38). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name with no description can be established (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts. 21.11, 27.1).

The name most likely refers to Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’ or Tradescantia ‘Albovittata’, common variegated cultivars at the time, 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.

Not to be confused with:
ClassificationUnknown species, but assumed to be a tropical cultivar because it was listed by Schickler (1862, p. 38) as a hothouse plant.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityThe name is most likely a synonym for ‘Variegata’ or ‘Albovittata’, still in cultivation. But this is not certain, so the plant is assumed to be lost. It was last documented by Pfitzer (1867, p. 44).


Never described.



Schickler, C. (1862). Verzeichniss von Samen & Pflanzen [Directory of seeds and plants]. Internet Archive link.

Pfitzer, W. (1867). Preis-Verzeichniss über Samen und Pflanzen [Price list for seeds and plants]. 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.