Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Tropical Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in NC-SC)

Look for it in fields (becoming a serious weed), per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue
Bisexual & staminate
Bilaterally symmetrical
3-merous
3 sepals, the lateral two partly united
3 petals, the upper two large and the lowest smaller
3 fertile stamens, 3 sterile stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Commelina benghalensis   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Commelina benghalensis   FAMILY Commelinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Tropical Spiderwort, Bengal Dayflower


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Byron Rhodes, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_1336001

Month Unknown        

Usually has subterranean cleistogamous flowers as well as chasmogamous flowers, per Weakley's Flora.

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Byron Rhodes, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_1336004

Month Unknown    Thomas County    GA

The underground flowers appear as swollen nodes, per www.invasive.org.

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Herb Pilcher, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1381001

Month Unknown        

Benghal dayflower is tolerant of many herbicides, including glyphosate, per Prevention, Early Detection, and Eradication of Benghal Dayflower in Field Nurseries.

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Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1381002

Month Unknown        

Spathes funnelform, often clustered, per Weakley's Flora.

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Herb Pilcher, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1381003

Month Unknown        

Leaf sheaths ciliate w coarse reddish-brown hairs, the sheath not auriculate, per Weakley's Flora.

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Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5309043

Month Unknown        

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Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5309046

Month Unknown        

Field of Bengal dayflower with peanut in lower right corner, per www.invasive.org.

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Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5309048

Month Unknown        

Close up of Bengal dayflower in cotton, per www.invasive.org.

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Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5309048b

Month Unknown        

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Julia Scher, Federal Noxious Weeds Disseminules, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org    bug_5376376

Month Unknown        

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Eric Prostko, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5386010

Month Unknown        GA

Leaf margin and upper surface pubescent, per Weakley's Flora.

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Eric Prostko, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5386011

Month Unknown        

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Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5403011

Month Unknown        GA

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Sekh Sayantan, Burdwan Eco Garden, Bugwood.org    bug_5482655

Month Unknown        India

Leaf blades broadly elliptic-ovate, 2-9cm long, per Weakley's Flora.