Linear-Leaf Dayflower
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Linear-Leaf Dayflower
A Native Photo: Mayur Nandikar
Common name: Linear-Leaf Dayflower
Botanical name: Commelina subulata    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina elegantula, Tradescantia biflora, Commelina linearifolia

Linear-Leaf Dayflower is a short-lived annual herb, up to 25 cm. Young plants are erect and single-stemmed, becoming multi-stemmed later. Plants mostly hairless, except for fringed with hairs hairs on the margins of the spathe. Leaves are linear; spathe folded, sharply recurved, 5-10 mm long, nearly stalkless. Mature leaves are pendent, middle nerve curved; lower cyme often wanting; Flower color very variable, yellow, orange, apricot, pink, blue to violet. Linear-Leaf Dayflower is found throughout Africa, and in the Deccan peninsula of India.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

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