Commelina communis - Linnaeus
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) Family
Plant is an upright to prostrate, mostly smooth, annual that roots at the nodes or stems. Its preferred habitat is woods, waste areas, yards and at roadside. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem; no teeth and no lobes. Leaf shape is oval with base portion clasping the stem.
Flowers are at the tip of the stem appearing either solitary
or in clusters. Each flower is supported by a spathe; divided
into two parts with one being the image of the other; three sepals,
three petals (two blue, one smaller white). Flowers are bisexual
in nature. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.
Handling the plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Legend has it that three brothers worked closely together in botanical studies. Two brothers distinguished themselves in the profession and were honored with the species name. A third brother who contributed little to the science was awarded the more insignificant white petal. The name Day Flower refers to the fact that the blossom remains on the stem for about 24 hours.