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Commelina albescens Hassk. in Schweinf., Beitr. Fl. Aethiop. 210. 1867. Boiss., Fl. Or. 5: 346.1881; Clarke in DC., l.c. 184; Hook. f., l.c. 372; Cooke, l.c.; Jafri, Fl. Kar. 78.1966.

Commelina albescens

Credit: Azmat

  • Commelina multicaulis Hochst. ex Clarke
  • Commelina schimperiana Hochst. ex Clarke

    Prostrate to suberect, perennial herb, fibrous rooted, turning pale or whitish in advanced stage, 15-45 (-60) cm long, often branched from the base, nodes usually thickened. Leaves inear-lanceolate, subglabrous, 5-7.5(-10) cm long, 4-10(-1.5) mm broad, entire but usually with undulated margins, acute; sheaths membranous, whitish 6-9(-15) mm long. Spathes 15-20(-25) mm long, subsessile, cordate at base, falcate or cucullate above, folded, glabrous to sparsely hispid, striated with parallel veins, enclosing 3-5 flowers, bracteolate; bracteoles 3-5 mm long, linear, setaceous; pedicels 5-6 mm long. Sepals unequal, oblong; outer 2-3 mm long, 1-1.5 mm broad; inner 2 keeled, 4-5 mm long, 3-3.5 mm broad. Petals blue, turning pale with age, clawed, c. 8 mm long with suborbicular limb. Capsules c. 4 mm long, suborbicular, 3-celled, 2-valved; seeds c. 2 mm long, black spotted with dull yellow.

    Fl. Per. Almost the year round.

    Type: Abyssinia, Gageros, 8.IX.1854, Schimper.

    Distribution: Tropical Africa, Arabia and Pakistan.

    Flowers have been reported as ‘whitish-pink, violet and pale yellow’ by some collectors, in addition to its blue colour; this needs careful noting at the time of fresh collections.


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