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Commelina communis L.

Commelina communis L. var. communis

Commelina communis L. var. ludens (Miq.) C.B. Clarke

Commelina debilis Ledeb.

Commelina willdenowii Kunth

Asian dayflower

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCommelinalesIncludes dayflowers (spiderworts), bloodworts, water hyacinths, others
FamilyCommelinaceaeDayflower or spiderwort family
GenusCommelinaAfter 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
SpeciescommunisIn Latin “common, general” and means growing in communities

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Commelina communis (Asian dayflower)

10/2/2011 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 3½ × 3" (8.6 × 8 cm)

Commelina communis (Asian dayflower)

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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Commelina communis (Asian dayflower)

9/4/2013 · Amos Kendall Conservation Area, Dunstable, MA
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 9 cm)

Commelina communis (Asian dayflower)

7/21/2001 · Memphis, TN · By Tim Chandler

Commelina communis (Asian dayflower)

8/14/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 9.1 cm)

Commelina communis (Asian dayflower)

7/11/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, near NH Line, Dunstable, MA
≈ 4 × 4" (10 × 10 cm)


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