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Commelina Linnaeus. Dayflower.

Key to Commelina

A genus of about 170 species, herbs, cosmopolitan. The key is adapted in part from Brashier (1966), Faden (1993), and Tucker (1989).

ID notes: Commelina has bilateral flowers, with 2 large petals (usually blue or white, but peach-colored in one species) and 1 smaller petal (often paler, and sometimes translucent). The flowers emerge from a folded spathe (very different than the leaves) which is heart-shaped if opened and spread. Only Tinantia (restricted to TX) is similar in these features; it differs in having 6 rather then 3) fertile stamens, and the filaments being bearded with hairs (rather than glabrous).

Ref: Brashier (1966); Faden (1993); Faden (2000b) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2000); Faden In Kubitzki (1998b); Tucker (1989). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Commelina communis | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Commelina diffusa | Original Image ⭷

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