African Plant Database

Commelina L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 40-42 (1753)  
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Flowers ephemeral, lasting only part of a day. Inflorescence an axillary (leaf-opposed) or terminal cyme, enclosed in a folded spathe-like bract. Sepals 3, petals 3, fertile stamens 3, staminodes (0-)2 or 3, with showy pseudoanthers; filaments naked.
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Ecology : almost cosmopolitan, mainly tropical and subtropical
  Genus of some 170 species, most diverse in Africa (estimated 100 species).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 23, 293
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1997). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Gamopétales: Ericaceae à Lamiaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 4: 595
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 7: 68 (2012).

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Eur. 5: 117 (1980).
  • OZENDA, P. (1983). Flore et végétation du Sahara. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
  • Dobignard, A. & C. Chatelain (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques Ville de Genève. hors-série. 1: 101,374,383

Bibliography other :
  • Faden, (2008). New Species of Commelina (Commelinaceae) from East and South-Central Africa. Novon 18(4): 469-479 
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