Mouse Ear Flower

Ron Russell

Newport, United States

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Canon SX40 HS Captured in my backyard in Newport, Ky., USA

Family: Commelinaceae – Spiderwort family Genus Common Name: Dayflower Native Status: Introduced

Commelina communis – Asiatic Dayflower, Mouse Ears, Dew Herb. The blossom of this member of the Spiderwort family lasts for one day. Introduced from its native Asia, it is considered weedy or invasive by some authorities, having spread widely throughout eastern North America.

Asian Dayflower can be confused with Commelina erecta – Slender Dayflower, a plant native to the United States. This latter plant has paler blue upper petals. The pedicel (flower stem) of Slender Dayflower rises from a spathe which is fused along the lower portion; the spathe is open all the way to the base in the Asiatic Dayflower.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV
Taken from “Wild Flowers of North America”

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