Commelina erecta    L.

Slender Dayflower 


MN Status:
endangered
Federal Status:
none
CITES:
none
USFS:
none

Group:
vascular plant
Class:
Monocotyledoneae
Order:
Commelinales
Family:
Commelinaceae
Life Form:
forb
Longevity:
perennial
Leaf Duration:
deciduous
Water Regime:
terrestrial
Soils:
sand
Light:
full sun, partial shade
Habitats:

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Best time to see:

 Foliage Flower Fruit 
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Minnesota range map
Map Interpretation
North American range map
Map Interpretation

Please note that a complete species account is not yet available.

  Best Time to Search

The phenology of C. erecta is not well known in Minnesota; however, it is believed the flowering period is in July and August. Hence, this may be the best time of year to conduct field searches.

  Authors/Revisions

Welby Smith (MNDNR), 2018

  References and Additional Information

Brashier, C. K. 1966. A revision of Commelina (Plum.) L. in the U.S.A. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 93(1):1-19.

Faden, R. B. 2000. Commelinaceae. Pages 170-197 in Flora of North America Editorial Committee, editors. Flora of North America north of Mexico. Volume 22. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.

Hansmire, J. A., D. L. Drawe, D. B. Wester, and C. M. Britton, 1988. Effect of winter burns on forbs and grasses of the Texas coastal prairie. The Southwestern Naturalist 33(3):333-338.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2005. Field guide to the native plant communities of Minnesota: the eastern broadleaf forest province. Ecological Land Classification Program, Minnesota County Biological Survey, and Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota. 394 pp.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2006. Tomorrow's habitat for the wild and rare: An action plan for Minnesota wildlife, comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy. Division of Ecological Services, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 297 pp. + appendices.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2009. Map of Minnesota's remaining native prairie 100 years after the public land survey. . Accessed 19 June 2009

Panigo, E. S., I. M. Dellaferrera, J. M. Acosta, A. G. Bender, J. I. Garetto, and M. G. Perreta. 2012. Glyphosate-induced structural variations in Commelina erecta L. (Commelinaceae). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 76:(2)135-142.

Ruthven, D. C., III, J. F. Gallagher, and D. R. Synatzske. 2000. Effect of fire and grazing on forbs in the western south Texas plains. Southwestern Naturalist 45(2):89-94.