Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Annual

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

Common (uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains)

Look for it on stream banks, canals, ditches, marshes, swamp forests, wet disturbed places, per Weakley's Flora

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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
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish-lilac
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
3 sepals
3 petals
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):
Murdannia keisak   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Murdannia keisak   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 038-02-002:
Aneilema keisak   FAMILY Commelinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Murdannia, Asian Spiderwort, Marsh Dayflower, Wart-removing Herb


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_muke_002_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm130524_076

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140831_176

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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Gill Newberry    gn09_aneilema

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Gill Newberry    gn09_aneilema_k_mat

September        

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Gill Newberry    gn09_aneilema_keisak_fl

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Gill Newberry    gn09_anilema_fl

September        

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Gill Newberry    gn09_anilema_k_habit

September        

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JK Marlow    jkm0309g_15

September    Greenville County    SC

Creek

Leaves alternate, linear to lanceolate, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm070908_019

September    Greenville County    SC

Creek

Decumbent plant with solitary (or few) flowers growing from leaf axils, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm120908_407

September    Greenville County    SC

Superficially suggestive of a miniature Spiderwort, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Keith Bradley    kab_murdannia_keisak_2599

September    Lexington County    SC

Saluda Shoals Park

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Roxanna Martin    rlm91811_113

September    Spartanburg County    SC

The petals are no more than 3/8" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm91811_217

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Plants resembling Commelina but flowers not borne in a conspicuous sheath, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_murdannia_keisak

September        

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JK Marlow    s080924_x

September    Greenville County    SC

Creek/River