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Commelina erecta var. erecta (Whitemouth dayflower)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Commelina erecta var. erecta

Commelina erecta L. var. erecta

Whitemouth Dayflower, Day Flower, Widow's Tears

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)

Synonym(s): Commelina elegans, Commelina saxicola


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems weakly erect to ascending to decumbent, up to about 3 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , AZ , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NM , NY , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Commelina erecta var. erecta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Commelina erecta var. erecta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Commelina erecta var. erecta


Record Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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