Commelina cyanea R.Br.

Prodr. 269 (1810 ) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Perennial ± glabrous herb; stems prostrate, rooting at nodes. Leaves ovate to narrow-ovate, 3–7 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, green above and below. Spathe c. 1–2 cm long, green; apex acuminate. Petals reniform, c. 6–8 mm long, the lower one smaller than the upper pair, sky blue to deep blue. Fruit a 5-seeded capsule. Flowers Sept­–May

Also NT, Qld, NSW. Occurs in moist forest, typically in near-coastal regions.

Commelina cyanea is widespread along the east coast in New South Wales and Queensland, where it is often weedy. In Victoria it is only known from a single unvouchered, but presumed native, record near Wingan Inlet. It is possible that this population has not persisted since this record was made. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Commelinales
family Commelinaceae
genus Commelina
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