Full nameTradescantia ‘Prostrata’.
Name statusEstablished but questionable, it may refer to a unique cultivar or may be a synonym for a species such as Tradescantia mundula or Gibasis pellucida.

Established with a description by Heinemann (1893, p. 117). 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 the species Tradescantia mundula or Gibasis pellucida, 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.
ClassificationOriginally published as Tradescantia prostrata (Heinemann, 1893, p. 117). This is not a valid species (POWO, 2022), so the plant is instead treated as a cutivar with the same name (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 21.6).
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityThe name is most likely a synonym for the species Tradescantia mundula or Gibasis pellucida, still in cultivation. But this is not certain, so the plant is assumed to be lost. It has not been documented since its first publication (Heinemann, 1893, p. 117).


Described by Heinemann (1893, p. 117).

FoliageViolet stems.


Heinemann, F. C. (1893). General-katalog [General catalog]. 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.

POWO. (2022). Tradescantia. Plants of the World Online. Link.