Commelina elegans Kunth
  • Nov. Gen. Sp.
  • French Grass

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2021): Commelina elegans Kunth. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 21 Oct 2021'

General Information

Plants mediocre or relatively stout, erect or ascending, the stem branching rather frequently, 1.5-6.0 dm. tall, glabrous or essentially so. Leaves elliptic- or oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, obtuse at the base, sessile or subsessile, 3-12 cm. long, glabrous to sparsely pilose upon either surface; sheath about 1-2 cm. long, densely puberulent to glabrate. Inflorescences terminal or subterminal, solitary or paired; spathes conduplicate, foliaceous, broadly ovate, truncate and closed at the base, 1.5-2.0 cm. long, scatteringly pilosulose to glabrate. Sepals 0.3-0.4 cm. long, hyaline. Petals blue, obovate spatulate, the 2 posterior about 1 cm. long, the anterior somewhat reduced.

  • Provided by: [D].Flora de Panama
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    Tropical and subtropical America from Florida and Texas to Argentina; frequent in waste ground.

  • Provided by: [D].Flora de Panama
    • Source: [
    • 2
    • ]. 

    Nationally Preferred Names

    French GrassEnglishBS
    Large Day FlowerEnglishBS

    Other Local Names


     Information From

    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
    • A CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
    Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. 2020. Flora by Common Name and by Scientific Name. Bahamas National Trust. Available at Accessed on (2020/07/09).
    • B Ethan Freid All rights Preserved
    • C Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. All rights Preserved
    Flora de Panama
    Robert E. Woodson, Jr. and Robert W. Schery Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 67, No. 4 (1980), pp. ii-xxxiii
    • D Missouri Botanical Garden