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Ohio Spiderwort (mutant)

Tradescantia ohiensis


Tall, perennial plant with linear, gray-green leaves and blue-violet flowers. The flower color varies depending on the angle and lighting. This flower is exhibiting a petal mutation in which it has two petals rather than the typical three. This was likely caused by damage to the bud resulting in alterations in the meristematic tissue. Spiderworts are included in the Monocots class along with lilies, grasses, irises, and orchids. The word "monocot" is an abbreviation of "monocotyledon," which can be translated to "single seed leaf." This refers to the fact that monocots are plants with seeds that contain one embryonic leaf rather than two (as in the dicots).


Growing on the side of a road on a sunny hillside at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Marietta, Georgia.


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flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you, Christine! <3 I love Nature's surprises!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Fantastic and unusual :-)

flowntheloop a year ago

:) Haha! It threw me off when I first spotted it too! You are quite welcome! I'm glad you liked my spotting!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

And I was just wondering on what happened to that third petal... Thanks for your great notes!

Georgia, USA

Lat: 33.98, Long: -84.57

Spotted on May 7, 2009
Submitted on Dec 29, 2017

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