BugwoodWiki Article

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis L.

Overview

Appearance
Commelina benghalensis, or tropical spiderwort, is an annual or perennial, creeping herb that is on the Federal Noxious Weed List.
Foliage
Leaves are alternate, lily-like, 1.2-2.8 in. (3-7 cm) long and often have reddish hairs towards the tip.
Flowers
Aboveground flowers are very small with relatively large lilac to blue petals and are present from the spring into the fall. Underground flowers, which grow on burrowing rhizomes, are white and very small.
Fruit
Fruits are ovoid capsules.
Ecological Threat
Commelina benghalensis invades areas with moist soil including roadsides, grasslands and other disturbed areas. It is especially problematic in pastures and crop fields where it forms dense, pure stands that can smother other plants such as low-growing crops. Commelina benghalensis is native to Asia and Africa and was first found in the United States in 1963.

Selected Images


1336001
1336001

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Feature(s)
Byron Rhodes
1336002
1336002

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Flower(s)
Byron Rhodes
1336003
1336003

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Byron Rhodes
1336004
1336004

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Feature(s)
Byron Rhodes
1381001
1381001

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Flower(s)
Herb Pilcher
1381002
1381002

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Flower(s)
Theodore Webster
1381003
1381003

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Feature(s)
Herb Pilcher
1381004
1381004

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Seedling(s)
Theodore Webster
2308077
2308077

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Stanley Culpepper
2308078
2308078

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Foliage
Stanley Culpepper
2308079
2308079

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Stanley Culpepper
2308080
2308080

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Stanley Culpepper
2308119
2308119

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Stanley Culpepper
2308120
2308120

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Seedling(s)
Stanley Culpepper
5309042
5309042

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Theodore Webster
5309046
5309046

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Theodore Webster
5309048
5309048

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Theodore Webster
5309052
5309052

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Seed(s)
Theodore Webster
5309076
5309076

Benghal dayflower
Commelina benghalensis
Infestation
Theodore Webster

Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Most Troublesome / Most Common Agricultural Weed List
This map identifies those states that consider this species either most troublesome or most common in at least one commodity. For more information, visit the MTMC project page.

State Regulated List
Legend
   No Data for this state
   Troublesome or Common weed in one or more crops

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae
Genus: Commelina

Other System Links

Plants: COBE2
Bayer: COMBE
GRIN: 311531
ITIS: 39134
NPDN Pest: PBEABBC

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
tropical spiderwort, jio

Categories

Category: Forbs/Herbs