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Old 04-21-2019, 05:52 PM
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Default Looking for a plant ID (leaves have violet underside when hit by light)

I bought this vine or vine-light plant off of a website, possibly NEHERP or GlassBoxTropicals, and searching them and doing google image searches has not yielded an image of this exact plant.

I'm sure it's something really obvious, because it grows really well in terrarium conditions; it has taken over the base of one of mine, so that I frequently have to cut it. It reminds me of wandering jew, but google images have not shown any wandering jew that resembles it.

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Thanks for your consideration.

I apologize if there is a general thread for plant IDs that I did not see.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:39 AM
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Default Re: Looking for a plant ID (leaves have violet underside when hit by light)

Greetings,

These look like a species of "day flower" - a Commelina species and a striped "wandering jew" - Tradescantia species. They are very hardy, flexible plants (in our out of the viv really). I find them too rambunctious for long-term vivarium growth and their leaves look nicer when grown as a houseplant too. Being hardy and fast-growing, however, many people find them useful in their tanks.
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Thanks. The leaf does indeed look like Commelinas, although I haven't seem it flower in almost a year. (If it's even possible for it to bloom in terrarium conditions.)
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