Commelina diffusa Burm.

Day Flower

Commelina diffusa plant

Family - Commelinaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Commelina diffusa sheathLeaf sheath.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Commelina diffusa spatheSpathe.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Commelina diffusa flowers

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Moist sandy soils.

Origin - Native to the Americas and in the Old World Tropics.

Other info. - This little species is common in central and southern Missouri. The plant is easy to ID in the field because of its spathes, which have free margins, and its flowers, which have three blue petals. This plant, and others in the genus, can be cooked and eaten.

Photographs taken in Daytona Beach, Fl., 7-2-02.