Commelina forskaolii Vahl

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Commelina forskaolii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

Commelina forskaolii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

Commelina forskaolii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

Commelina forskaolii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

Commelina forskaolii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By rd from Shashe Wilderness Camp to the National Parks office

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Synonyms:
Common names: Blue wandering-jew (English) Goche (Shona) Goshe (Shona) Nkwasia (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Scrambling annual herb with long trailing stems, rooting at the nodes and short sub-erect branches. Subterranean fleshy stolons often bear reduced, self-fertilising flowers. Leaves alternate, linear-oblong, up to c. 7 cm long, often pale greyish-green, folded along the midrib, hairless or finely velvety; margin wavy. Flowers in 1-2 terminal or leaf-opposed spathes, short-lived, opening in succession. Petals blue; lateral stamens with filaments more or less winged.

Note: the subterranean or cleistogamous flowers apparently form a drought-survival development. In times of drought the above-ground parts are poorly developed while the underground stolons will thrive and produce much fertile seed. In good rainy seasons or well watered situations the reverse has been recorded. (Maheshwari & Baldev in Phytomorphology 8, p 284-285, 1958).
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Habitat: In sandy soils in dry scrub and woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Socotra, Madagascar and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 May 2008
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 45. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 51. (Includes a picture).

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, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Commelina forskaolii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112660, retrieved 25 May 2016

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