Author: Jan Scholten
Synonyms: Rhoeo discolor, Tradescantai discolor, Rhoeo spathaceae.
English: Boat lily; Cradle lil; Oyster Plant; Moses-in-the-Cradle; Moses in His Cradel; Moses on a Raft; Moses in the Bulrushes; Men in a Boat; Spiderwort; Wandering Jew.
Culture: Song “Old man” of Neil Young.
Region: Belize, Guatemala, southern Mexico.
Use: widely cultivated as an ornamental
Clades: Angiospermae, Lilianae; Liliidae; Commelinoids; Commelinales; Stage 16.
Botany: semi-epiphytic herbaceous shrub with fleshy underground rhizomes; leaves clumping rosettes, waxy, lance-shaped, dark to metallic green above, with glossy vivid purple underneath, up to 30 cm and 7 cm wide, very attractive; flowers are small, white, nestled in purple boat shaped bracts; fruit capsules with 2 seeds.