Callisia micrantha (Torr. ) D. R. Hunt
Small-Flowered Roseling
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Callisia micrantha (Torr.) D.R. Hunt
littleflower roseling

General Information
Symbol: CAMI25
Group: Monocot
Family: Commelinaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   N
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Symbol Scientific Name
PHMI8 Phyodina micrantha (Torr.) D.R. Hunt
TRMI Tradescantia micrantha Torr.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Commelinales
Family Commelinaceae – Spiderwort family
Genus Callisia Loefl. – roseling
Species Callisia micrantha (Torr.) D.R. Hunt – littleflower roseling

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Everitt, J.H., D.L. Drawe, and R.I. Lonard. 1999. Field guide to the broad leaved herbaceous plants of South Texas used by livestock and wildlife . Texas Tech University Press. Lubbock.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover

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4. Callisia micrantha (Torrey) D. R. Hunt, Kew Bull. 38: 131. 1983.

Tradescantia micrantha Torrey in W. H. Emory, Rep. U.S. Mex. Bound. 2(1): 224. 1859; Phyodina micrantha (Torrey) D. R. Hunt

Herbs, perennial, creeping, succulent. Stems 3--30 cm. Leaves ± conduplicate; blade oblong-elliptic to lanceolate-oblong, 1--3.5 ´ 0.3--0.8 cm (distal leaf blades much narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), margins ciliolate, glabrous. Inflorescences sessile or nearly sessile, subtended by 0--2 leaves that resemble spathaceous bracts, these leaves. Flowers pedicellate; pedicels 0.8--1.2 cm, glabrous or nearly so; sepals strongly keeled, 0.4--0.5 mm, shortly, densely pubescent on keel; petals bright pink to rose, ovate, 0.5--0.7 cm; stamens 6; filaments bearded. Capsules 3-locular, 2 mm. Seeds 1.5 mm. 2n = 24.

Flowering spring--fall (May--Sep). Sandy or clayey soils in open oak or mesquite woods and prairies; Tex.; Mexico.

The generic placement of this species requires some explanation because the leaves subtending the inflorescence resemble the bracts of species of Tradescantia. The interpretation of D. R. Hunt (1986b), which I am following, is that the true bracts are small and are borne distal to those leaves.

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