Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


355

Forb
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Tropical Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in NC-SC)

Look for it in fields (becoming a serious weed), per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List, 2017
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue
Bisexual & staminate
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

FRUIT:
Spring/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 benghalensis   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Commelina benghalensis   FAMILY Commelinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Tropical Spiderwort, Bengal Dayflower