Common name: Scurvy Grass
Commelina ensifolia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb; stems suberect, glabrous or shortly pilose.
Leaves with lamina 5–12 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, green; sheath membranous, pilose at the mouth.
Spathes solitary, 1–1.5 cm long, apex short, acute, subsessile or on peduncles 0.5–1.5 cm long. Cymes 1 per spathe, of 1–6 flowers. Inner tepals deep blue.
Capsule 3-seeded; seeds 3–4 mm long, dull brown, smooth to reticulate.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist places in woodland; NW Slopes and Plains north from Merriwa district; also a few records in the Sydney region (?native there or naturalised?).
NSW subdivisions: CC, NWS, CWS, NWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson (1993); edited KL Wilson (Jan 2015)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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