OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Commelina erecta var. erecta   FAMILY Commelinaceae   Go to FSUS key


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

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Erect Dayflower, Slender Dayflower


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

JK Marlow    jkm220517_7919

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Commelina erecta var. erecta   FAMILY Commelinaceae

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

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Commelina erecta var. angustifolia

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3120

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Piedmont & NC Coastal Plain, uncommon in Mountains & SC Coastal Plain (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Dry openings and woodlands, especially 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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