White-Mouth Dayflower
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White-Mouth Dayflower
P Native Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: White-Mouth Dayflower, Slender Dayflower, Widow's Tears, Day Flower
Botanical name: Commelina erecta    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)

White-Mouth Dayflower is a perennial herb with stems prostrate to erect. Leaves are stalkless or stalked, linear to lanceshaped 5-15 x 0.3-4 cm, tip tapering. Flowers are borne in distal cymes; spathes solitary or clustered, green, stalked, 1-2.5 x 0.7-1.5, usually variously velvet-hairy. Beautiful bright blue flowers are 2.5 cm across, each with 2 large, earlike blue petals, one smaller white petals. Two stamens are about 10 mm long, blue to pale blue filaments, anther ellipsoid, pale blue to lilac. Third stamen is about 5 mm long, anther saddle shaped, yellow. Staminodes are 3, filament blue, 2-3 mm long, antherodes yellow. White-Mouth Dayflower is believed to be widely distributed in the African and American continents. It has recently (2021) been found in India too.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in Vizhinjam, Kerala.

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