Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3120

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in dry openings and woodlands, esp in thin soil around rock outcrops, streambanks, riverbanks, mesic forests, per Weakley's Flora

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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 (11/30/12):
Commelina erecta var. erecta   FAMILY Commelinaceae

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

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower


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image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

John B. Nelson    jbn_135040519_3b5f71e7bc

July    Sumter County    SC

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

Tim Spira    tps_cerecta_arabiamtn5

August        

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7260

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Larger leaves typically 3-6× as long as wide, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7265

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

2 pale blue (rarely pink) petals up to 1" long & a smaller white lower petal, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7268

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Leaves narrow, 2-6" long, with a white hairy sheath around stem, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_commelina_erecta_6

September        

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7460

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7461

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

View from behind.

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm201002_7464

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Flowers subtended by folded heart-shaped spathe, its margins fused basally, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Commelina erecta var. erecta, Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_commelina_erecta

October