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Episcia reptans
Mart., Gesneriaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Common name(s): [more details]

English: flame violet, red violet, scarlet violet

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Stolons brownish, leaves broadly elliptic, to 5 in. long, 2 1/2 in. wide, heavily embossed, erect-hairy, dark green with pale green or silvery pattern along midrib and lateral nerves; flowers 3-4 on pedicels to 1 in. long from a short peduncle, sepals oblong, 1/2 in. long, recurved at apex, toothed, red-flushed, corolla tube 1 1/2 in. long, hairy, pale red outside, pink with obscure lines inside, lobes to 1/2 in long, pale red outside, blood-red inside"  (Bailey & Bailey, 1976).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Stolons; capacity for reproduction from seed not known.

Native range:  "Guyana to Peru"  (Bailey & Bailey, 1976).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Federated States of Micronesia
Kosrae Island
Kosrae Island introduced
cultivated
Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy (2010) (p. 18)
Federated States of Micronesia
Pohnpei Islands
Pohnpei Island   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (1997) (voucher ID: PTBG 27785)
Taxon name on voucher: Episcia reptans Martius
Federated States of Micronesia
Pohnpei Islands
Pohnpei Island   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (1997) (voucher ID: PTBG 33540)
Taxon name on voucher: Episcia reptans
French Polynesia
Society Islands
Tahiti Island introduced
cultivated
Florence, J./Chevillotte, H./Ollier, C./Meyer, J.-Y. (2013)
Cultivée
Guam
Guam Island
Guam Island introduced
Fosberg, F. R./Sachet, Marie-Hélène/Oliver, Royce (1979) (p. 254)
New Caledonia
New Caledonia Archipelago
Île Grande Terre introduced
cultivated
MacKee, H. S. (1994) (p. 55)
Voucher cited: MacKee 25726
Palau
Palau (Belau ) (main island group)
Babeldaob Island introduced
cultivated
Space, James C./Lorence, David H./LaRosa, Anne Marie (2009) (p. 6)
Palau
Palau (Belau ) (main island group)
Koror (Oreor) Island introduced
cultivated
Space, James C./Lorence, David H./LaRosa, Anne Marie (2009) (p. 6)
Palau
Palau (Belau ) (main island group)
Ngerkebesang Island introduced
cultivated
Space, James C./Lorence, David H./LaRosa, Anne Marie (2009) (p. 6)
Voucher: Lorence 9720 (PTBG, BISH, BNM, NY, US)
Palau
Palau (Belau ) (main island group)
Ngerkebesang Island   National Tropical Botanical Garden (U.S.A. Hawaii. Kalaheo.) (2008) (voucher ID: PTBG 13)
Taxon name on voucher: Episcia reptans
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
South America (Pacific rim)
South America (Pacific rim)
Colombia (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
South America (Pacific rim)
South America (Pacific rim)
Perú (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 13 APR 2008 and was last updated on 26 NOV 2008.