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Common names: Garden Commelina, Benghal Dayflower, Tropical Spiderwort, Wandering Jew.
Common Hindi name: Kanchara.
Plant: 60-90cm. Annual or sometimes perennial, creeping herb.
Leaves: Broadly ovate, up to 5cm long and 4cm wide.
Flower: 10-15mm across.
Widely distributed in tropical and subtropical Africa, Central, Southern and South-East Asia extending to China, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Micronesia. In the western hemisphere, found in Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and United States.
It has become a serious weed of many crops in many countries worldwide, and is a particular problem in Africa.
Leaves and rhizomes are cooked and eaten.
Used in biological monitoring of the presence of sulphur dioxide as air- pollutant.
MISHRA, L.C., 1982. "Effect of environmental pollution on the morphology and leaf epidermis of Commelina bengalesis LINN." Environ. Pollut. (28): 281-284.
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- [2008-08-18 8:11]
excellent capture of this beauty, nice compostiion using its leaves. good colors too. i posted one commelina too, different species, i think. tfs.
- [2008-08-18 16:21]
Hi Nirmal,finally a plant that i know!!! This live in Italy too,i remember to see many times!!Excellent point of view,sharpenss and colors,very nice view in the second pic too,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
- [2008-08-19 0:58]
This is a beautiful composition showing the pretty Commelina flowers and its leaves. Fine details and beautiful colours.
TFS and regards, Ulla
Encore une très belle composition mais un cadrage beaucoup plus serré aurait valorisé le sujet principal.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
- [2008-08-22 4:34]
You are very active, Nirmal. I missed this fine coloured Commelina benghalensis, which seems to be a very interesting plant: can be eaten and also its use as natural measure for air-pollution.
Thanks for all your interesting contributions to TN