Long-Leaf Dayflower
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Long-Leaf Dayflower
P Native Photo: Surajit Koley
Common name: Long-Leaf Dayflower • Hindi: Jalpipari • Sanskrit: Jalapippali, Langulu
Botanical name: Commelina longifolia    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina pedunculosa, Commelina salicifolia

Long-Leaf Dayflower is a slender prostrate herb. Leaves are alternate, 5-10 x 0.5-1 cm, tapering at tip, narrowed at base; sheath 1-2.5 cm long. Spathe 1-1.5 x 1.5-2 cm, broadly ovate, pointed at tip, fused at base. Branches of cymes equal, both 1-2 flowered. Flowers are blue, 5-6 mm across. Sepals ovate, petals ovate, wavy-entire. Capsule is 4-5 mm, broadly ovoid. Seeds are smooth, flat at one end. Long-Leaf Dayflower is found in India to S. China and Jawa. Flowering: October-March.

Identification credit: Surajit Koley Photographed in Hooghly, West Bengal.

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