Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Commelinaceae Mirbel. Spiderwort Family.

Key to Commelinaceae

A family of about 41 genera and 650 species, herbs, of tropical and warm temperate regions of both hemispheres.

ID notes: Monocot herbs with alternate leaves with closed sheaths, the leaf blade relatively broad in most species, parallel-veined, and often slightly to strongly thickened and succulent. The flowers have 3 petals (one sometimes dwarf) in colors of white, pink, blue, or purple.

Ref: Bergamo (2003); Burns, Faden, & Steppan (2011); Faden (2000b) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2000); Faden In Kubitzki (1998b); Tucker (1989). Show full citations.

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