It definitely looks like tradescantia to me, which works as it's the same family as 'dayflower'.
Are there 'joints' (nodes) at short intervals along stems, and the whole plant snaps into a million pieces extremely easily, especially at the root?
tradescantia will grow from any little piece with a node, so it's vital to do a really good cleanup job.
If it's grown into a thick mat, it can be rolled up like a carpet, then spread in the sun until it's completely dried out and composted.
And I mean definitely dead, or it will just eat the compost tradescantia used to be commonly known as 'wandering Jew' in NZ, but it's often called 'wandering dew' now-
Maybe because 'wandering Jew' sounds a bit...xenophobic or something.
And also because it collects/protects a lot of water under itself.
It's considered a real problem in our native bush as it grows into a seedling-excluding 'mat'.
I've read permaculture conversations where Geeoff Lawton recommends it as a food forest groundcover though...
I'd certainly never plant it on purpose!
james Apodaca wrote: what resources, tricks and techniques are you guys utilizing to locate information on plant ID's?
I don't use specific databases.
I'd do something really un-hightech like closely observing the plant, picking out its unusual features and entering them into a search engine.
Mind you, I just did that with as many of tradescantia's features as I could think of-
it was there, but buried in 'what is this weed' type PDFs that I'd then have to dig through
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