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Pakistan | Family List | Commelinaceae | Commelina

Commelina paludosa Blume, Enum. Pl. Jav. 1: 2. 1827. Rao in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edin. 25: 141.1964; Jafri, Fl. Kar. 79.1966; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 37.

Vern: Kanjuna.

  • Commelina obliqua auct. non Vahl: Ham. ex D. Don

    Suberect or ascending herb, 20-60(-90) cm long, pubescent to subglabrous or glabrous. Leaves 5-10(-15) cm long, 2-5 cm broad, lanceolate, entire, acute, sessile, sheathing at base with fringed sheaths, 1.5-2.5 cm long. Spathes 2-3.5 cm long, folded, 1.5-2 cm broad, solitary or crowded (often so in upper axils), ob¬liquely funnel-shaped, free or fused below at the margin, subsessile to shortly pedunculate. Flowers usually pale blue, one of them nearly white. Capsules obovoid, subtrigonous, 3-loculed with 1 seed in each locule; seeds ellipsoid, lead-coloured or whitish with marbled margins, minutely dotted.

    Fl. Per. Aug.-October.

    Type: Described from Java.

    Distribution: Pakistan, India, Srilanka, Bangla Desh to Malaysia, Indonesia and Phillipines.

    A fairly common species from lower hills to the plains of Pakistan. Roots considered as an antidote for snake poison; useful in vertigo and fever etc.

    Lower Taxon


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