|Scientific Name||Tradescantia subacaulis (Tradescantia texana)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TRSU|
|Common Name||Stemless Spiderwort||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||39175|
|Description||Habitat: Loose sandy soils, open woods, or open ground; endemic to Texas.
Plant: Low-growing perennial with short, much-branched, spreading hairy stems, 4 to 12 inches long; species name means "almost stemless".
Leaves: Linear-lanceolate, long-pointed leave, 4 to 7 inches long and ~5/8-inch wide; lax and flaccid; surfaces are deep green and have long hairs.
Inflorescence: A few to several bright blue (rarely pink) blossoms in terminal clusters or arising from leaf nodes; each flower ~1 inch across with three broad, rounded or somewhat pointed petals; pedicels 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches long; sepals hairy, rose/purple tinged, broadly elliptic, pointed, about 1/3-inch long.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, iNaturalist and Flora of North America.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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