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|Family: Commelinaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Commelina||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Commelina benghalensis L.
Habit: Annual. Stem: ascending to decumbent or occasionally straggling, nodes rooting. Leaf: 2--9 cm, ovate to lance-elliptic; sheath with +- red hairs at tip; margins generally wavy, hairy. Flower: of 2 kinds, on upper stem open, +- 1 cm diam, on underground stems cleistogamous. Fruit: 4--6 mm.
Ecology: Disturbed areas; Elevation: < 610 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: tropical weed; native to tropical Asia, Africa. Flowering Time: May--Sep Note: Ornamental; persisting near former residences, establishing from yard waste, escaping from cultivation.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Elizabeth McClintock
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Commelina
Next taxon: Tradescantia
Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Elizabeth McClintock 2016. Commelina benghalensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=20071, accessed on December 09, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 09, 2016.