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Commelina diffusa Burman f.. Creeping Dayflower. Phen: Jun-Oct. Hab: Mudflats, alluvial margins, bottomlands, also fields and disturbed ground. Dist: VA west to MO, south to s. FL and s. TX, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies. Probably native in our area, but sometimes regarded as an Old World species. Encountered very early inland, so plausible as native or as an early introduction.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Bah, C, ETx1, F, G, GrPl, Il, Meso6, Mex, Mo1, NcTx, Pa, RAB, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WI; = Commelina diffusa Burm.f. var. diffusa – Ar, FNA22, K1, K3, K4, NE, WH3, Faden (1993); = Commelina longicaulis Jacq. – S; = n/a – Tat; < Commelina diffusa Burm.f. – GW1, Brashier (1966), Tucker (1989)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

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

Heliophily ?: 7

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷


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