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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia   FAMILY Commelinaceae

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

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 038-01-002:
Commelina erecta   FAMILY Commelinaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Sand Dayflower, Pineland Dayflower


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picture of Commelina erecta, image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

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

        

picture of Commelina erecta, image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

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.

picture of Commelina erecta, image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

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.

picture of Commelina erecta, image of Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

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.