Closed-Pod Dayflower
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Closed-Pod Dayflower
A Native Photo: Mayur Nandikar
Common name: Closed-Pod Dayflower
Botanical name: Commelina indehiscens    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)

Closed-Pod Dayflower is a much-branched, prostrate herbs up to 45 cm tall. Leaves up to 6 x 2cm, ovate to broadly lanceshaped, pointed, base rounded, bulbous based hairy; sheaths about 1.5 cm long. Spathes are broadly heart-shaped. Flowers are borne in a cyme; with bracts spathe-like. Flowers are blue, sepals boat-shaped. Petals are kidney-shaped or triangular. Stamens are 3. Staminodes 3 (or 2). Capsules are about 2.5 cm long, nearly spherical, not splitting, 1-seeded. Closed-Pod Dayflower is endemic to Peninsular India. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed in Annamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu.

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