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*Commelina communis Linnaeus. Common Dayflower. Phen: May-Oct. Hab: Gardens, bottomlands, disturbed ground, and a common invader of rocky glades. Dist: Native of the Old World.

Origin/Endemic status: Eurasia

Taxonomy Comments: Var. communis and var. ludens are sometimes distinguished (see synonymy): var. communis has flowers with larger petals pale blue and sterile anthers completely yellow, var. ludens has larger petals intense violet blue and sterile anthers with a brownish-purple spot.

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, FNA22, GrPl, GW1, Il, K3, K4, Mi, Mo1, NcTx, NE, NY, RAB, S, S13, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Brashier (1966), Faden (1993); > Commelina communis L. – Tat; > Commelina communis L. var. communis – F, G, K1, Pa, WV, Tucker (1989); > Commelina communis L. var. ludens – F, G, K1, Pa, WV, Tucker (1989); > Commelina debilis Ledeb. – Tat

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FAC
  • Midwest: FACU
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 7

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