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Callisia navicularis


Callisia navicularis (Ortgies) D.R. Hunt

Family Name: Commelinaceae
Synonyms: Tradescantia navicularis
Common Name: Window's Tears, Chain Plant, Inch Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Mexico
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Perennial succulent with a trailing growth habit.
Foliage Boat-shaped, fleshy leaves (2-3 cm long, 1-2 cm wide) are tightly stacked together in a leaning tower-like structure.
Flowers Its flowering stems are long. The solitary flowers are composed of 3 ovate, reddish pink to lilac petals. They last only 1 day, opening at dawn and closing in the afternoon.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Container Planting, Suitable for Hanging Baskets
Thematic Landscaping Rockery / Desert Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Little Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Purple
Flower Location Terminal

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Master ID 32566
Species ID 6978
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.