Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3084

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in NC-SC Piedmont)

Look for it on dunes and dry sand flats on barrier islands, sandhills, other dry sandy sites, shale barrens, other dry rocky sites, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
3-merous
3 sepals, the lateral two partly united
3 petals, the upper two large and the lowest smaller
3 fertile stamens, 3 sterile stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia   FAMILY Commelinaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 038-01-002:
Commelina erecta   FAMILY Commelinaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Commelina angustifolia

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Commelina crispa

 

COMMON NAME:
Sand Dayflower, Pineland Dayflower, Slender Dayflower


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image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia, Sand Dayflower, Pineland Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cocr4_001_lvd

        

image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia, Sand Dayflower, Pineland Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

Keith Bradley    kab_c_erecta_09970

April    Monroe County    FL

Valhalla Rock Barren

A smaller plant than var. erecta of the Piedmont and low Mountains, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia, Sand Dayflower, Pineland Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

Keith Bradley    kab_c_erecta_74625

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

There are two blue petals plus a third that is white and much smaller, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia, Sand Dayflower, Pineland Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

Keith Bradley    kab_c_erecta_74649

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Flowers grow from within broad fused bracts (spathes) that sheath the stem, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.