Commelina subulata Roth

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (9)

Commelina subulata

Photo: Bart Wursten

Commelina subulata

Photo: Bart Wursten

Commelina subulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngomakurira, Chinhamora CL.

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Short-lived annual herb, up to 25 cm. Young plants are erect and single-stemmed, becoming multi-stemmed later. Plants mostly glabrous, except for ciliate hairs on the margins of the spathe. Spathe folded, sharply recurved, 5-10 mm long. Flowers colour very variable, yellow, orange, apricot, pink, blue to violet.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In seepage zones, vlei margins and other seasonally wet areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Monday 2 November 2015

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 121. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 156. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.


comments powered by Disqus

Other sources of information about Commelina subulata:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Commelina subulata
Flora of Malawi: Commelina subulata
Flora of Mozambique: Commelina subulata
Flora of Zambia: Commelina subulata

External websites:

African Plant Database: Commelina subulata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Commelina subulata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Commelina subulata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Commelina subulata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Commelina subulata
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Commelina subulata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Commelina subulata
Ispot Southern Africa : Commelina subulata
JSTOR Plant Science: Commelina subulata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Commelina subulata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Commelina subulata
Tropicos: Commelina subulata
West African Plants database: Commelina subulata

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 subulata., retrieved 23 October 2016

Site software last modified: 2 July 2016 1:03pm (GMT +2)
Terms of use