OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

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


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Commelina virginica   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Commelina virginica

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 038-01-001:
Commelina virginica   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Commelina virginica

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Dayflower


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image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_covi3_001_lvd

        

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_covi3_005_lvd

        

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm180405_1052

April    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm170502_458

May    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Leaves lanceolate, 4-8" long, 1-2" wide, leaf bases sheathing the stem, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm120617_027

June    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm120617_029

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Sheath margins noticeably hairy with coarse reddish hairs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm120617_947

June    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm180601_2657

June    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Coarse herbaceous perennial with erect stems 10-36" tall, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm190614_9172

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm190614_9173

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm130726_472

July    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_commelina_virginica_2

July        

Flowers from within greenish spathes, usually in a terminal cluster, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

Steve Marlow    snm_1206vadayflower2

July    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

All petals blue, ephemeral, one slightly smaller than others, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_commelina_virginica

August        

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm161013_920

October    Greenville County    SC

Cedar Falls Park

Numerous terminal spathes [easier to see here with the flowers gone], per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Commelina virginica, Virginia Dayflower

JK Marlow    jkm161028_029b

October    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

 

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Commelina virginica   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Commelina virginica

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 038-01-001:
Commelina virginica   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Commelina virginica

 

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359

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Habitat: Bottomlands, swamp forests, tidal swamp forests, other moist to wet forests and forest edges, 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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