Commelina eckloniana Kunth

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Commelina eckloniana

Photo: Barbara Turpin
c. 19.2 km W of Bela Vista along road 202, c. 2.4 km S of turn-off on to sand track, Matutuine district.

Commelina eckloniana

Photo: Barbara Turpin
c. 19.2 km W of Bela Vista along road 202, c. 2.4 km S of turn-off on to sand track, Matutuine district.

Commelina eckloniana

Photo: Barbara Turpin
c. 19.2 km W of Bela Vista along road 202, c. 2.4 km S of turn-off on to sand track, Matutuine district.

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Status: Native
Erect or decumbent perennial or annual herb with thin and fibrous roots or with stalked fusiform tubers at the base. Stems often rooting at the nodes. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, 2-15 cm long, sessile or narrowing into a petiole, sheathing at the base finely velvety on both surfaces; margins scabrid towards the apex. Spathes solitary or loosely clustered, velvety on the surfaces; margins fused at the base for 3-9 mm, velvety along the fused margins only. Flowers bisexual and male. Sepala free or nearly so. Petals pale blue or sky blue, rarely white, lower petal much reduced or almost the same size as lateral petals. Staminodes 3, sometimes reduced to tiny knobs.
Notes: The specimen in the images (BCT1500, BNRH) represents a first record for Mozambique.
Derivation of specific name: eckloniana: after Christian Friedrich Ecklon (1795-1868), a Danish pharmacist, botanist and plant collector, who was one of the early and most productive botanical explorers in South Africa.
Habitat: Grassland and under scrub, often in seasonally wet places.
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Worldwide distribution: The species is widespread in Africa but the spread of subsp. eckloniana is uncertain. It may be that this subsp. is only known from South Africa and Southern Mozambique and that other subtaxa occur elsewhere in our region but which is as yet unclear.
Mozambique distribution: M (other?)
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Content last updated: Thursday 19 October 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 182. not subsp. eckloniana

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 86.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 117.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 181.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Commelina eckloniana., retrieved 24 September 2023

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