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Commelinaceae

Commelinaceae Mirb. - Spiderwort Family

1. Commelina benghalensis L.

(Commelina acuminata, Commelina canescens, Commelina cavaleriei, Commelina cucullata, Commelina delicatula, Commelina hirsuta, Commelina kilimandscharica, Commelina mollis, Commelina nervosa, Commelina obscura, Commelina poligama, Commelina procurrens, Commelina prostrata, Commelina pyrrhoblepharis, Commelina radiciflora, Commelina rhizocarpa, Commelina rufociliata, Commelina saltiana, Commelina senegalensis, Commelina turbinata, Commelina uncata, Commelina villosiuscula)

Common names: Benghal dayflower, tropical spiderwort, Ibreeq al faki

Extract from Wikipedia article: Commelina benghalensis, commonly known as the Benghal dayflower, tropical spiderwort, or wandering Jew, kanshira in Bengali, is a perennial herb native to tropical Asia and Africa. It has been widely introduced to areas outside its native range, including to the neotropics, Hawaii, the West Indies and to both coasts of North America. It flowers from spring into the fall and is often associated with disturbed soils.

LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) under a palm tree on Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkNode on a stem of Benghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) on Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkBlue flower of Benghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) on Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) taken from a shady place under a palm at Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) with boat-shaped bracts taken from Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkClose up of a blue flower of Benghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) taken from Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) on white background taken from Al Rabiya Street in Al Jebailat area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, May 7, 2015
LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) on a lawn under trees near HSM Villa on Al Eithar Street in Onaiza area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, August 19, 2015
LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) taken from a lawn under trees near HSM Villa on Al Eithar Street in Onaiza area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2015
LinkBlooming Benghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) taken from a lawn under trees near HSM Villa on Al Eithar Street in Onaiza area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2015
LinkFlowers of Benghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) on a lawn in shade near HSM Villa on Al Eithar Street in Onaiza area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, December 1, 2015
LinkBenghal dayflower (tropical spiderwort, Commelina benghalensis) on a lawn in shade near HSM Villa on Al Eithar Street in Onaiza area near West Bay. Doha, Qatar, December 1, 2015

2. Tradescantia spathacea Sw.

(Ephemerum bicolor, Ephemerum discolor, Rhoeo discolor, Rhoeo spathacea, Tradescantia discolor, Tradescantia versicolor)

Common names: Rhoeo discolor, boatlily, Moses-in-the-Cradle

Extract from Wikipedia article: Tradescantia spathacea, the boatlily or Moses-in-the-Cradle, is a herb in the Commelinaceae first described in 1788. It is native to Belize, Guatemala, and southern Mexico (Chiapas, Tabasco, and the Yucat√°n Peninsula) but widely cultivated as an ornamental and naturalized in parts of Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and various oceanic islands.

LinkDark red plants of boat lily (Tradescantia spathacea, Rhoeo discolor) in Dahl Al Hamam Park at Al Markhiya Street. Doha, Qatar, March 21, 2016
LinkDark red rosettes of leaves of boat lily (Tradescantia spathacea, Rhoeo discolor) in Dahl Al Hamam Park at Al Markhiya Street. Doha, Qatar, March 21, 2016

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