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  Commelina benghalensis
 
  Family: COMMELINACEAE
  Citation:  Commelina benghalensis L., Sp. Pl. 41. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 370. 1892; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1539(1075). 1931; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 419. 1984; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 481. 1988; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 405. 1989; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 820. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 516. 1990; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 395. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 19. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 473. 1996; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 297. 1982; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 734. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 460. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 356. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 511. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 702. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 886. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Adukkavettila, Kanavazhai, Vuzhaipadathi, Vazhaplaachi
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Dayflower
  Description: Diffuse herbs, rooting at lower nodes; rootstock with cleistogamous flowers. Leaves 3-5 x 2-3.5 cm, ovate or elliptic-ovate, base rounded or subtruncate, apex obtuse or acute, pubescent, margin ciliate; petiole to 8 mm long; sheath to 1.5 cm long, apex with rufous hairs. Spathe 1.5 cm across, funnel-shaped, truncate at apex, pubescent. Septemberals subequal, c. 2.5 mm long; outer ones linear; inner ones orbicular. Petals blue, larger ones c. 4 x 4.5 mm, broadly ovate. Stamens 3; staminodes 2. Ovary to 1mm long. Capsule to 5 mm long, ellipsoid, 3-celled; seeds 5, pitted.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-November
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Wastelands, also in deciduous forests
  Distribution: Africa, India, China, Japan and Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Vazhachal, Thannikkudy, Thekkady, Thunakkadavu, Moozhiar, Muzhapplangad, Olavakkot, Alleppey town, Vadapuram, Thenmalai, Ariankavu, Elderslide Estate
   
 
   
 
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