Wavy-Leaf Dayflower
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Wavy-Leaf Dayflower
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Wavy-Leaf Dayflower • Sanskrit: जलपिप्पलियांगुली Jalapippalianguli
Botanical name: Commelina undulata    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina striata, Commelina kurzii

Wavy-Leaf Dayflower is a perennial herb with hairless stems erect or rising, spreading, numerous branched, up to 60 cm long. Leaves are stalkless; leaf sheath usually has long hairs. Leaf blade is lance-shaped 6-9 cm long, 1.2-2.8 cm broad, hairless or slightly hairy on both surfaces. Involucral bracts are 2-4, in fascicles at the tip of branches and opposite smaller leaves, stalkless, funnel-shaped, 2-2.5 cm. Sepals are 3.5-4 mm, membranous. Petals are pinkish blue, up to 1 cm, round- ovate. Capsule is nearly round, 3-4 mm. Wavy-Leaf Dayflower is found in Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. Australia, including West Himalaya. Flowering: July-December.

Identification credit: Robert B. Faden Photographed at Gandipet, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

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