Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Commelina communis L. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

Botanical Illustration

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Janice Stiefel
Family Commelinaceae
Commelina communis L.
Asiatic dayflower, common dayflower
Commelina: after the two Dutch botanists Johan (1629-1692) and his nephew Caspar (1667-1731) Commelin, known to Linnaeus and Charles Plumier, a French Franciscan monk, botanist and traveler who apparently named this flower.
communis: in Latin "common, general" and means growing in communities
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect (then drooping), annual, 4"-14" tall forb; lax stems rooting from the lower nodes
Flower: blue, 3-parted, 1" wide, much smaller lower petal nearly white; folded bracts, below the flower, completely separated all the way to the base; blooms July-Sept.
Leaf:mostly hairless sheath open at the base sheath drawing
Habitat: shade, semi-shade; moist; gardens, roadsides, disturbed areas
(Glossary)

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Flora of North America (off site)
Synonyms 
Commelina communis L. var. communis
Commelina communis L. var. ludens (Miq.) C.B.Clake
Commelina debilis Ledeb.
Commelina ludens Miq.

         
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