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Commelina africana L.
Family Commelinaceae
Commelina africana L. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb with woody rootstock; stems prostrate or ascending, glabrous to somewhat pubescent.

Leaves with lamina 2.5–5 cm long, 10–15 mm wide, pale green, apex acute, base rounded; sheath bearing long hairs at the mouth.

Spathes solitary, triangular to falcate, 1.5–2 cm long, apex acute to acuminate, on peduncles up to 1.2 cm long. Cymes 2, both well developed. Inner tepals yellow.

Capsule usually 3-seeded; dorsal loculus indehiscent, 1-seeded or empty, ventral loculus usually 1-seeded; seeds 3–4 mm long, dark brown and pitted or furrowed.


Flowering: spring–autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: A garden escape, sparingly naturalized in the Greenwich area. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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