The Spiderwort Plant is available.
There is experimental evidence from an antinuclear group in Japan that
a certain species of Spiderwort plant shows effects of radiation exposure
when the radiation is not detectable by any instruments. This indicates
that biologically sensitive is much greater than currently assumed or else
that some types of radiation which are capable of biological effects exist
which cannot be detected by electronic means and are not allowed for conventional
This is an odd-shaped perennial monocot. Monocots, among other characteristics, have woody fibers generally throughout the stem, whereas in a much larger class of plants, the dicots, the fibers are arranged in a ring around the pith. Flowers of common Spiderwort are found in clusters of 5-15 atop stems that have only a few very narrow leaves up to a foot long. Two leaf-like bracts accompany each flower cluster. The light blue to deep lavender flowers are three petalled, and nearly an inch wide. When viewed from above, the whole plant vaguely resembles a large "spider", with the flower cluster forming the "body" and the leaves and bracts forming the "legs."
Common Spiderwort likes sandy soils and seems to be most abundant where grazing is light to moderate. Young foliage of some spiderworts is occasionally mentioned as being useful for edible greens and potherbs.
This plant is a member of the largely tropical Spiderwort family (Commelinaceae),
the name dedicated to a family of seventeenth century Dutch botanists named
Commelin. The generic name was dedicated to John Tradescant, gardener to
Charles I of England. The specific epithet
bracteata means "bracted" in botanical Latin. The plant was described for science in 1898 by botanist and curator of the New York Botanical Garden John Small(1869-1938).
1. In health related issues, would the Spiderwort plant be a good candidate for a supplement in radiation related illness or treatment ( example Spirulina)?
2. Further experiments are needed to determine if the effect of radiation is an effect that just shows the effect of radiation, or if it actually absorbs it. This could be crucial to any further consideration to using the Spiderwort plant as more than a means to detect radiation.
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