Commelina communis L.
Commelina communis L. var. communis
Commelina communis L. var. ludens (Miq.) C.B. Clarke
Commelina debilis Ledeb.
Commelina willdenowii Kunth
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Commelinidae||Dayflowers and spiderworts, and several others|
|Order||Commelinales||Includes dayflowers (spiderworts), bloodworts, water hyacinths, others|
|Family||Commelinaceae||Dayflower or spiderwort family|
|Genus||Commelina||After the two Dutch botanists Jan (1629-1692) and his nephew Caspar (1667-1731) Commelijn, known to Linnaeus and Charles Plumier, a French Franciscan monk, botanist and traveler who apparently named this flower. Jan, or Johan, Commelijn was a doctor and the director of botany at the Hortus Medicus (Medical Garden) in Amsterdam, who worked with many tropical plants that had been collected in Asia and sent back to Holland. The story is that Linnaeus who established this genus decided to commemorate the Commelins because the dayflower has two large petals (for Jan and Caspar) and a third small petal (for another Commelijn who died young before he could accomplish anything in botany), but this may well be an apocryphal though convenient explanation|
|Species||communis||In Latin “common, general” and means growing in communities|
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10/2/2011 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 3½ × 3" (8.6 × 8.1 cm)
7/17/2014 · Amos Kendall Conservation Land, Dunstable, MA
≈ 3½ × 4½" (9.4 × 11 cm)
Commelina communis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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9/4/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Area, Dunstable, MA
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 9 cm)
7/21/2001 · Memphis, TN · By Tim Chandler
8/14/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 9.1 cm)
7/11/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, near NH Line, Dunstable, MA
≈ 4 × 4" (10 × 10 cm)
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