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Commelina dianthifolia Delile

 

Birdbill 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 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 Asian tropical plants sent back to Holland. Linnaeus allegedly 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
Speciesdianthifolia

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Commelina dianthifolia description by Thomas H. Kent, not updated.

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Commelina dianthifolia (birdbill dayflower)

8/26/2014 · Sandstone Bluffs, El Malpais National Monument, New Mex­ico
≈ 7 × 10" (18 × 24 cm)

Commelina dianthifolia (birdbill dayflower)

8/26/2014 · Sandstone Bluffs, El Malpais National Monument, New Mex­ico
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 8.6 cm)

Commelina dianthifolia (birdbill dayflower)

8/26/2014 · Sandstone Bluffs, El Malpais National Monument, New Mex­ico
≈ 6 × 7" (14 × 17 cm)

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