Rough Dayflower
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Rough Dayflower
A Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Rough Dayflower
Botanical name: Rhopalephora scaberrima    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina scaberrima, Tradescantia scaberrima, Aneilema scaberrimum

Rough Dayflower is an erect herb, up to 1 m tall. Leaves are scattered, oblong-lanceshaped, tapering, base rounded, narrowed into a leaf-stalk, bristly above and hairless below, up to 15 x 3.5 cm, sheath bristly, up to 2.5 cm long. Flowers are borne in panicles at branch-ends, glandular velvet-hairy. Flowers are pale lilac or blue, 0.8 cm across. Sepals basally fused. Ovary 3-celled; ovule 1 in each cell. Capsule spherical, velvet-hairy 3.5 mm across; seeds planoconvex, glandular. Rough Dayflower is found in Indo-Malesia. It is also found in Eastern Himalaya, at altitudes of 800-2100 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar, Dipankar Borah Photographed in Nelliyampathy, Kerala & Upper Siang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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