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Wild Florida Photo - Commelina diffusa - Common dayflower

Commelina diffusa var. diffusa

Common dayflower
Climbing dayflower

Synonym(s): Commelina longicaulis

Not native to Florida

Volusia Co. FL 03/27/20
Volusia Co. FL 03/27/20
Volusia Co. FL 03/27/20

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A frequent wildflower of moist hammocks, floodplain forests, stream banks and disturbed sites throughout much of Florida. The range includes the southeastern United States west into Texas to Kansas and north into Illinois to Vermont. Thought to be native to the Old World and introduced in the New World.
All three petals of C. diffusa are blue and often nearly equal in size. The spathe margins are free to the base and is distinctly falcate (sickle-shaped). Like other members of the Commelina genus, there are three fertile stamens and 3 infertile. Leaves are alternate, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, to 8cm (3-1/4 in.) long with sheaths that are often ciliate.

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Commelina diffusa is a member of the Commelinaceae - Spiderwort family.


Other species of the Commelina genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Commelina benghalensis - JIO
  Commelina communis - ASIATIC DAYFLOWER
  Commelina erecta - WHITEMOUTH DAYFLOWER
  Commelina gambiae - GAMBIAN DAYFLOWER


Date record last modified: Mar 28, 2020


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