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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Commelinaless

Familia: Commelinaceae
Subfamilia: Commelinoideae
Tribus: Tradescantieae
Subtribus: Tradescantiinae
Genus: Callisia
Species: C. amplexans – C. amplexicaulis – C. angustifolia – C. brasiliensis – C. ciliata – C. cordifolia – C. disgrega – C. diuretica – C. elata – C. encolea – C. filiformis – C. fragrans - C. gentlei – C. glandulosa – C. gracilis – C. graminea – C. grandiflora – C. hintoniorum – C. insignis – C. ionantha – C. kruseana – C. laui – C. mexicana – C. micrantha – C. monandra – C. montana – C. multiflora – – C. neglecta – C. ornata – C. palmeri – C. procumbens – C. purpurascens – C. repens - C. rosea – C. saxicola – C. serrulata – C. silvatica – C. soconuscensis – C. tehuantepecana – C. warmingiana – C. navicularisC. warszewicziana


Callisia Loefl., Iter Hispan.: 305. (1758)

Type species: Callisia repens (Jacq.) L., Sp. Pl. ed. 2: 62. (1762)


Wachendorfia Loefl., Iter Hispan.: 177 (1758)
Hapalanthus Jacq., Enum. Syst. Pl.: 1 (1760)
Aploleia Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 17 (1837)
Heminema Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 17 (1837)
Leiandra Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 17 (1837)
Phyodina Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 16 (1837)
Tripogandra Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 16 (1837)
Spironema Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 26: t. 47 (1840), nom. illeg.
Descantaria Schltdl., Linnaea 26: 140 (1853)
Leptorhoeo C.B.Clarke in W.B.Hemsley, Diagn. Pl. Nov. Mexic.: 55 (1880)
Donnellia C.B.Clarke ex Donn.Sm., Bot. Gaz. 33: 261 (1902), nom. illeg.
Cuthbertia Small, Fl. S.E. U.S.: 237 (1903)
Tradescantella Small, Fl. S.E. U.S.: 237 (1903)
Neodonnellia Rose, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 19: 96 (1906)
Rectanthera O.Deg., Fl. Hawaiiensis 62: s.p. (1932)
Leptocallisia (Benth. & Hook.f.) Pichon, Notul. Syst. (Paris) 12: 225 (1946)
Hadrodemas H.E.Moore, Baileya 10: 134 (1963)

Note: This is a treatment of Callisia s.l. dependent on the acceptance of the synonymy of this genus with Tripogandra Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 16 (1837) as proposed in 2019 by Govaerts et al..
Primary references

Löfling, P., 1758. Iter Hispanicum: 305.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Callisia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 October 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Callisia. Published online. Accessed: October 30 2019. 2019. Callisia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 October 30.

Vernacular names
English: Roselings

Callisia is a genus of flowering plants in the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae. Members of the genus are commonly known as roselings.[3] It is native to the Western Hemisphere from the southern United States to Argentina.[2][4][5][6] The generic name is derived from the Greek word κάλλος (kallos), meaning "beauty."[7]

Some members of Callisia may cause allergic reactions in pets (especially cats and dogs), characterised by red, itchy skin. Notable culprits are C. fragrans (inch plant) and C. repens (turtle vine).


Callisia includes the following species:[2][3][8]

Callisia ciliata Kunth – Panama, Colombia
Callisia cordifolia (Sw.) E.S.Anderson & Woodson – Florida Roseling – Central America, tropical Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Florida, Georgia
Callisia filiformis (M.Martens & Galeotti) D.R.Hunt – central + southern Mexico, Central America, Lesser Antilles, Venezuela, northeastern Brazil
Callisia fragrans (Lindl.) Woodson – Mexico; naturalized in Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, West Indies, Morocco, Taiwan, Norfolk Island in Australia
Callisia gentlei Matuda – southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras
Callisia graminea (Small) G.Tucker – Grassleaf roseling – southeastern United States from Florida to Virginia
Callisia hintoniorum B.L.Turner – Nuevo León
Callisia insignis C.B.Clarke – Mexico; naturalized in Venezuela
Callisia laui (D.R.Hunt) D.R.Hunt – Guerrero, Oaxaca
Callisia micrantha (Torr.) D.R.Hunt – Littleflower roseling – Texas, Tamaulipas
Callisia monandra (Sw.) J.A.Schultes & J.H.Schultes – Cojite morado – widespread from northern Mexico + West Indies to Argentina
Callisia multiflora (M.Martens & Galeotti) Standl. – central + southern Mexico, Central America
Callisia navicularis (Ortgies) D.R.Hunt – Nuevo León, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Puebla, San Luis Potosí
Callisia ornata (Small) G.Tucker – Florida scrub roseling – Georgia, Florida
Callisia repens (Jacq.) L. – Creeping inchplant – scattered locales in southern United States (Riverside County in California, Texas, Louisiana, Florida); widespread from Mexico + West Indies south to Argentina
Callisia rosea (Vent.) D.R.Hunt – Piedmont roseling – southeastern United States from Alabama to Maryland
Callisia soconuscensis Matuda – Guatemala, southern Mexico
Callisia tehuantepecana Matuda – Oaxaca
Callisia warszewicziana (Kunth & C.D.Bouché) D.R.Hunt – Veracruz, Chiapas, Guatemala

Formerly placed here

Neodonnellia grandiflora (Donn.Sm.) Rose (as C. grandiflora Donn.Sm.)[8]


"Genus: Callisia Loefl". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2004-08-10. Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
"Callisia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps
Davidse, G., M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater. 1994. Alismataceae a Cyperaceae. 6: i–xvi, 1–543. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater (eds.) Fl. Mesoamer.. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D. F.
Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-20.. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Gledhill, D. (2008). The Names of Plants (4 ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-521-86645-3.
"GRIN Species Records of Callisia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2011-01-19.

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